Single Idea 2375

[catalogued under 23. Ethics / B. Contract Ethics / 4. Value of Authority]

Full Idea

If there be a common power set over both parties in a contract, with right and force sufficient to compel performance, a contract does not become void as soon as the parties are suspicious.

Gist of Idea

Suspicion will not destroy a contract, if there is a common power to enforce it


Thomas Hobbes (Leviathan [1651], 1.14)

Book Reference

Hobbes,Thomas: 'Leviathan', ed/tr. Macpherson,C.B. [Penguin 1981], p.196