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Single Idea 2379

[catalogued under 23. Ethics / B. Contract Ethics / 5. Free Rider]

Full Idea

If any fault of man be sufficient to discharge our covenant made, the same ought in reason to have been sufficient to have hindered the making of it.

Gist of Idea

If there is a good reason for breaking a contract, the same reason should have stopped the making of it


Thomas Hobbes (Leviathan [1651], 1.15)

Book Reference

Hobbes,Thomas: 'Leviathan', ed/tr. Macpherson,C.B. [Penguin 1981], p.206