Lessons from the State of Nature: A Hobbesian Contribution to the Critical Debate on Liberal Peacebuilding

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    • Publication Information:
      Center for International and Global Studies, Lindenwood University Press
    • Publication Date:
      2018
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    • Abstract:
      Liberal Peacebuilding has failed to realize the ambitious agenda set after the end of the Cold War. This paper contributes to the critical debate about liberal peacebuilding by introducing some fundamental ideas from Thomas Hobbes' state of nature. Within the state of nature, Hobbes's state of fear resembles the deep-rooted mistrust that haunts most post-conflict societies. The paper describes human desires as the foundation of political power. As such, political authority must necessarily reflect social dynamics in order to be of relevance for its subjects and, ultimately, effective. In the volatile and rapidly changing environments of post-conflict states, human desires must be treated as context-sensitive. Therefore, rather than rebuilding institutions and structures according to liberal ideals, peacebuilding shall consider human interest as a dependent variable. This calls for the inclusion of every subject into the governing process and requires the meeting of preconditions that foster a common social order capable of responding to all individuals' desires. Keywords: liberal peace; post-liberal peace; Spinoza; state of nature; social cohesion
    • ISSN:
      2158-0669
    • Rights:
      COPYRIGHT 2018 Center for International and Global Studies, Lindenwood University Press
      Copyright 2018 Gale, Cengage Learning. All rights reserved.
    • Accession Number:
      edsgcl.627070431
  • Citations
    • ABNT:
      LAKITSCH, M. Lessons from the State of Nature: A Hobbesian Contribution to the Critical Debate on Liberal Peacebuilding. Journal of International and Global Studies, [s. l.], n. 1, p. 1, 2018. Disponível em: http://search.ebscohost.com/login.aspx?direct=true&site=eds-live&db=edsgwh&AN=edsgcl.627070431. Acesso em: 4 ago. 2020.
    • AMA:
      Lakitsch M. Lessons from the State of Nature: A Hobbesian Contribution to the Critical Debate on Liberal Peacebuilding. Journal of International and Global Studies. 2018;(1):1. http://search.ebscohost.com/login.aspx?direct=true&site=eds-live&db=edsgwh&AN=edsgcl.627070431. Accessed August 4, 2020.
    • AMA11:
      Lakitsch M. Lessons from the State of Nature: A Hobbesian Contribution to the Critical Debate on Liberal Peacebuilding. Journal of International and Global Studies. 2018;(1):1. Accessed August 4, 2020. http://search.ebscohost.com/login.aspx?direct=true&site=eds-live&db=edsgwh&AN=edsgcl.627070431
    • APA:
      Lakitsch, M. (2018). Lessons from the State of Nature: A Hobbesian Contribution to the Critical Debate on Liberal Peacebuilding. Journal of International and Global Studies, 1, 1.
    • Chicago/Turabian: Author-Date:
      Lakitsch, Maximilian. 2018. “Lessons from the State of Nature: A Hobbesian Contribution to the Critical Debate on Liberal Peacebuilding.” Journal of International and Global Studies, no. 1: 1. http://search.ebscohost.com/login.aspx?direct=true&site=eds-live&db=edsgwh&AN=edsgcl.627070431.
    • Harvard:
      Lakitsch, M. (2018) ‘Lessons from the State of Nature: A Hobbesian Contribution to the Critical Debate on Liberal Peacebuilding’, Journal of International and Global Studies, (1), p. 1. Available at: http://search.ebscohost.com/login.aspx?direct=true&site=eds-live&db=edsgwh&AN=edsgcl.627070431 (Accessed: 4 August 2020).
    • Harvard: Australian:
      Lakitsch, M 2018, ‘Lessons from the State of Nature: A Hobbesian Contribution to the Critical Debate on Liberal Peacebuilding’, Journal of International and Global Studies, no. 1, p. 1, viewed 4 August 2020, .
    • MLA:
      Lakitsch, Maximilian. “Lessons from the State of Nature: A Hobbesian Contribution to the Critical Debate on Liberal Peacebuilding.” Journal of International and Global Studies, no. 1, 2018, p. 1. EBSCOhost, search.ebscohost.com/login.aspx?direct=true&site=eds-live&db=edsgwh&AN=edsgcl.627070431.
    • Chicago/Turabian: Humanities:
      Lakitsch, Maximilian. “Lessons from the State of Nature: A Hobbesian Contribution to the Critical Debate on Liberal Peacebuilding.” Journal of International and Global Studies, no. 1 (2018): 1. http://search.ebscohost.com/login.aspx?direct=true&site=eds-live&db=edsgwh&AN=edsgcl.627070431.
    • Vancouver/ICMJE:
      Lakitsch M. Lessons from the State of Nature: A Hobbesian Contribution to the Critical Debate on Liberal Peacebuilding. Journal of International and Global Studies [Internet]. 2018 [cited 2020 Aug 4];(1):1. Available from: http://search.ebscohost.com/login.aspx?direct=true&site=eds-live&db=edsgwh&AN=edsgcl.627070431