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Nagel, 1989. Social Research 56(4):903-920

What Makes a Political Theory Utopian?
Thomas Nagel

Social Research: An International Quarterly
Philosophy and Politics
Arien Mack, Editor
Jerome Kohn
Volume 56, No. 4 (Winter 1989): 903-920

ABSTRACT: My subject is a variant of the Hobbesian question: How can we give individuals a reason to behave as each of them. Has reason to want all of them to behave? In Hobbes's version of the question and in his answer the basis of the operative reasons was a desire for personal security and survival. In my version there will be more reasons in play, including altruistic ones, and J shall assume that individuals are motivationally complex, in that each of them simultaneously occupies different standpoints, within which desires and reasons can arise which may conflict with one another.
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