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Juridical Representation

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This chapter presents the fictions of the theatre joining forces with juristic fictions that Hobbes saw underpinning everyday transacted exchanges. By a leap of the imagination, anchored by the ties of covenant or positive law, these fictions helped ensure that institutions functioned as real agencies, from the world of business to the world of politics. Chief amongst these agencies is, the state, itself a collaborative political fiction, bound up in juristic categories, in which we all have a major stake and a specific role to play, but from whose representative actions none of us can be ever disentangled or completely immune. How Hobbes makes the transition from the theatrical stage to the high-powered world of the Leviathan state, where actions such as the momentous decision to wage a foreign war involve us collectively as well as personally, is the subject of the chapter.

Keywords: Hobbes's theory; juristic fiction; Leviathan state



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