Aristotle and Hobbs

The law does not exist because there is an intrinsic right or wrongness to actions. Conduct only becomes invalid when it enters into a conflict of desire between two men, and this conflict is the entire purpose of the law.

For both philosophers, the idea of valid conduct cannot be separated from the law, and the law cannot be separated from justice. Hobbes and Aristotle contend that without a formal system of law, there is no justice, as justice does not exist as an independent concept. Thus, what exactly is justice According to Aristotle, that which is just is that which is lawful, equal, and fair (1781-1785). More specifically, the idea of legal justice addresses the fact that the law is not universally binding in the fact that is does not exist outside of the assignment of laws, which is done so arbitrarily (1791). In essence, the content of the law as well as the definition of acting justly or unjustly is arbitrary. Since all political things are designed to pursue one end, justice and injustice would apply to the level to which these things are addressed.

Hobbes agrees with Aristotle's contention that the content of the


 
 
 
 
 
 



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