Monday, November 14, 2011

(Even) Thomas Hobbes, on the right to self-defense

"For men, when we make societies or commonwealths, we lay not down our right to kill, excepting in certain cases, as murder, theft or other offensive action; so that the right, which the commonwealth hath to put a man to death for crimes, is not created by the law, but remains from the first right of nature,which every man hath to preserve himself; for that the law doth not take the right away in the case of criminals, who were by the law excepted."

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