Translated Titles

Political Philosophy and Narrative Truth: Fact and Fiction within Hobbes's State of Nature




柯汎禧(Fen-Shi Ker)

Key Words

利維坦 ; 歷史敘事 ; 歷史事實 ; 因果關係 ; 自然狀態 ; Leviathan ; historical narration ; historical truth ; causal relationship ; state of nature



Volume or Term/Year and Month of Publication

23卷1期(2019 / 06 / 01)

Page #

159 - 214

Content Language


Chinese Abstract


English Abstract

This thesis aims to completely resolve the controversy which refers to the state of nature between truth and fiction. By going through disputes related to Hobbes's concept of the state of nature, we attempt to point out that the foundation of interpretive controversy is derived from most interpreters applying thoughts on empiricism to understand empirical descriptions within the state of nature. Furthermore, Hobbes's system could resolve the opposition between philosophical fiction and historical truth within the state of nature through reconstructing the "fact" from the perspective of Hobbes's context. Finally, the major purpose of this thesis is to clarify the relationship between political philosophy and narrative theory. In my opinion, the function of the state of nature is to transform empirical phenomena into a web of meaning. Hobbes consequently enlarged the empirical range and practical sense within political philosophy with narrative theory approaching a contemporary theoretical perspective.

Topic Category 社會科學 > 政治學