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Horta-Fernandes, A. (António). "Hobbes as a modern contractualist. A misleading proposition". Anuario Filosófico. 50 (2), 2017, 399 - 418
The present article intends to show that Hobbes, despite being one of the founding fathers of the modern political individualist paradigm, is not a contractualist, emphasizing, for this purpose, his Leviathan. In this work, the sovereign is not established by the social and political contract that originates society; rather, the contract already implies the character of the sovereign, without whom the individualist political society could not exist. Hobbes’s main purpose is therefore to provide a complete understanding of the sovereign’s power.