Hobbes, Montaigne e la differenza dei costumi
The article aims to focus on the problem of the "difference of Manners" in the eleventh chapter of Leviathan. Through the analysis of the text, it emerges how the problem posed here by Hobbes seems to recall in some way what emerges in Montaigne’s Essais, when he speaks of the diversity, or of the variety, of the mœurs. It is therefore a question of asking whether what Hobbes is talking about are ways of being individuals capable of reacting with greater or less pertinence to a given situation. Or if it is instead a question of rigidly codified behaviors, customs proper to a certain group or a certain population. It is therefore necessary to understand what role instruction and education by the public authority have in Leviathan in regulating and discipli-ning the conduct of the subjects and their ways of life, in order to ensure the maintenance of the political order.
Paolo Slongo, "Hobbes, Montaigne e la differenza dei costumi" in: "Etica & Politica / Ethics & Politics (2023) XXV/2", EUT Edizioni Università di Trieste, Trieste, 2023, pp. 341-365