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Type of Document Master's Thesis
Author DeSante, Christopher David
URN etd-03312006-150904
Title The Leviathan in the Original Position: The Unacknowledged Influence of Thomas Hobbes on the Social Contract of John Rawls
Degree Master of Arts
Department Political Science
Advisory Committee
Advisor Name Title
William James Booth Committee Chair
  • Hobbes
  • Rawls
  • social contract
  • political theory
Date of Defense 2006-03-23
Availability unrestricted
A comparative study between the political philosophies of Thomas Hobbes and John Rawls is presented in this thesis. The project serves to trace the unacknowledged influence that Hobbes had on the nature of the social contract that Rawls presents in A Theory of Justice. After the initial remarks framing the discussion are made, the thesis critically examines the nature of bargaining in the social contract and concludes that Rawls relied heavily on Hobbes for some of his most famous procedural mechanisms in his work.
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