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Volume 101, Issue 1


Politische Erziehung und politische Stabilität bei Thomas Hobbes

Dirk Brantl
Published Online: 2019-03-06 | DOI: https://doi.org/10.1515/agph-2019-1003


Hobbes’ theory of political education and its impact on his political thought has received relatively little attention. Existing contributions rarely extend beyond Hobbes’ political philosophy to analyze how he understood education to work in the first place. This article aims to fill in the gap by first reconstructing Hobbes’ understanding of the mechanism of teaching and learning. Tracing the continuities and developments of the concept from the Elements of Law (1640) to Behemoth (1668) in the first section, the second half sketches the theory of political education and its importance to the central issue of Hobbes’ political thought, the generation of sustained political stability. The core question turns out to be: Is teaching the truth in political matters compatible with political stability? The article argues that while those who answer the question in the negative provide insufficient textual evidence, those who affirm it are hard pressed to describe a content of political education that could be politically effective.

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Published Online: 2019-03-06

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Citation Information: Archiv für Geschichte der Philosophie, Volume 101, Issue 1, Pages 61–91, ISSN (Online) 1613-0650, ISSN (Print) 0003-9101, DOI: https://doi.org/10.1515/agph-2019-1003.

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