Single Idea 2372

[catalogued under 23. Ethics / B. Contract Ethics / 1. Contractarianism]

Full Idea

He that performeth first in the case of a contract, is said to 'merit' that which he is to receive by the performance of the other, and he hath it as due.

Gist of Idea

The person who performs first in a contract is said to 'merit' the return, and is owed it


Thomas Hobbes (Leviathan [1651], 1.14)

Book Reference

Hobbes,Thomas: 'Leviathan', ed/tr. Macpherson,C.B. [Penguin 1981], p.195