Leviathan - Study Guide Part 2 Chapters 22, 23 & 24 Summary & Analysis

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Hobbes writes of the different systems in which people are private and political. Political systems are those which are granted status by the sovereign of the commonwealth. A private system is made up of people amongst themselves. Lawful systems are those which are approved by the commonwealth, all others are unlawful and these can be private or public. Irregular systems are those which have no leader but can or cannot be approved by the sovereign. All power within a political or private system is limited because the sovereign has ultimate power above them.

Political systems have two avenues of laws. One is through their own written laws, and the second is through the laws of the sovereign. When a political system is only represented by one man and he acts against the system's laws, then he is acting on his own behalf and...

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