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Hobbes on Torture

Thomas Hobbes, Leviathan, Part I, Chapter XIV A covenant to accuse oneself, without assurance of pardon, is likewise invalid. For in the condition of nature, where every man is judge, there is no place for accusation: and in the civil state, the accusation … Continue reading

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On Liberty

“Mankind are greater gainers by suffering each other to live as seems good to themselves, than by compelling each to live as seems good to the rest.” J.S. Mill – On Liberty

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Locke on Liberty

Second Treatise, Book II, Chapter IV, Section 22: The natural liberty of man is to be free from any superior power on earth, and not to be under the will or legislative authority of man, but to have only the … Continue reading

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Hobbes on Liberty

Thomas Hobbes, Leviathan, Part I, Chapter XIV The right of nature, which writers commonly call jus naturale, isthe liberty each man hath, to use his own power, as he will himself, for the preservation of his own nature; that is … Continue reading

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Adam Smith

“It is not from the benevolence of the butcher, the brewer, or the baker, that we expect our dinner, but from their regard to their own interest. We address ourselves, not to their humanity but to their self-love, and never … Continue reading

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