By Stephen David Ross
This publication addresses the character and injustice of authority, retracing the guidelines of cause and legislations from old Greece to the current, pursuing a line of concept started with Anaximander, who speaks of the ordinance of time as restitution for immemorial injustice, and Heraclitus, who speaks of justice as strife. Predominantly philosophical, exploring the authority of Western philosophy in twentieth-century continental and pragmatist writings, the booklet explores substitute voices as demanding situations to authority, in feminist and multicultural writings, in Greek mythology and African narratives, in Greek drama and twentieth-century literature.
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If war presents the ultimate threat, then Hobbes's sovereign quite fails to diminish it. Instrumentally, we may read Hobbes as asserting that protection of life represents the supreme human end, subordinating everything else. What danger to life, we wonder, could entail so extreme a subordination? Could life possess supreme instrumental worth? Hobbes approaches the possibility that, as human, the sovereign is subject to the same conditions as his subjects, and recoils: "But a man may here object that the condition of subjects is very miserable, as being obnoxious to the lusts and other irregular passions of him or them that have so unlimited a power in their hands" (L, chap.
144) and that the sovereign rules with indisputable and undivided authority. " Because and justly. "Fourthly, because every subject is by this institution author of all the actions and judgments of the sovereign instituted, it follows that whatsoever he does, it can be no injury to any of his subjects; nor ought he to be by any of them accused of injustice" (L, chap. 18, p. 146). Instrumentally, because the state of nature looms as terrible beyond belief, beyond thought, human life requires absolute sovereignty as if entirely voluntary to every subject, entailing absolute and unbroken Page 18 authoritarian rule except for the preservation of that subject's life.
This liberty echoes in a voice free from measure, from Law, from perfectibility.
Injustice and restitution: the ordinance of time by Stephen David Ross