Law, religion and economics

Authored by: Niels Kærgård

Routledge Handbook of Law and Religion

Print publication date:  March  2015
Online publication date:  March  2015

Print ISBN: 9780415836425
eBook ISBN: 9780203694268
Adobe ISBN: 9781135045555

10.4324/9780203694268.ch19

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Abstract

One can imagine an original primitive society without regulations. However, such a society does not represent an ideal but a scary warning. This has been spelled out already by Thomas Hobbes in the following well-known quote:

In such conditions, there is no place for industry, because the fruit there of is uncertain, and consequently no culture of the earth, no navigation, nor use of the commodities that may be imported by sea, no commodious building, no instruments of moving and removing such things as require much force, no knowledge of the face of the earth, no account of time, no arts, no letters, no society, and which is worst of all, continual fear, and danger of violent death, and the life of man, solitary, poor, nasty, brutish and short.

(Hobbes 1651: XIII, 9)

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