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By John T. Edelman (auth.)

ISBN-10: 0312049315

ISBN-13: 9780312049317

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If he has a sense of justice, he will have a 'regulative desire to comply with the corresponding principles' (569). He will have a 'knowledge of his situation' and will be able, if he wishes, to 'exploit contingencies to his advantage' . But, as the principles chosen in the original position require, he will give consideration to the 'rights and claims' of others; for he will voluntarily take on the 'limitations' expressed by Rawls' interpretation of 'the moral point of view'. One might say that like those in the original position this man is willing to act 'just1y' but is not prepared to abandon his primary interest - his interest in automobile engines.

No other conception of justice he would be more willing to act on; for his sense of justice will naturally include a sense for those exemptions and provisos. He is confident that justice and morality will never demand too much from him. It might be objected that because this man's interest in automobile engines is an 'overriding' interest his sense of justice is not truly 'final' as the 'precedence of justice requires' (569). But the objection would seem to be mistaken. For what can 'the precedence of justice' mean if not the precedence of the principles of right over other considerations in practical reasoning.

It is just this that may lead one to wonder if what Hobbes asks men to recognize are obligations at all. In what sense, if any, is Hobbes presenting an account of morality or justice? The difficulty, as I have no ted, has been recognized in one way or another by a variety of commentators who may in other respects differ considerably in their readings of Leviathan. " Warrander, as I have pointed out, sees difficulties in speaking of obligations in Leviathan as 'moral obligations', and Michael Oakeshott, at the dose of his introduction to Leviathan, emphasizes the modesty of Hobbes' intentions, 26 An Audience Jor Moral Philosophy?

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