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In this essay, I look at the way that Thomas Hobbes offers not only the building blocks for state power and sovereignty (as he is so famous for doing) but also a basis by which to resist those very things. Even as Hobbes constructs a vast and awe inspiring network of sovereign forms of authority, he shows how those forms are produced, in a sense, out of thin air. Hobbes' understanding of language as a series of decisions that are made in ways that render the sovereign's own decision derivative,doi:10.5752/p.2318-7999.2020v23n45p34-48 fatcat:d5kuxno5ifffndz5pkwb6nzua4