Leviathan: With Selected Variants from the Latin Edition of 1668 / Edition 1 by Thomas Hobbes | 2940013853560 | NOOK Book (eBook) | Barnes & Noble
Leviathan

Leviathan

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Leviathan is an old philosophical classic written by Thomas Hobbes and first published in 1651. The Matter, Forme and Power of a Common Wealth Ecclesiasticall and Civil, Thomas Hobbes argues for a social contract and rule by an absolute sovereign. Influenced by the English Civil War, Hobbes wrote that chaos or civil war-situations identified with a state of nature and

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Leviathan is an old philosophical classic written by Thomas Hobbes and first published in 1651. The Matter, Forme and Power of a Common Wealth Ecclesiasticall and Civil, Thomas Hobbes argues for a social contract and rule by an absolute sovereign. Influenced by the English Civil War, Hobbes wrote that chaos or civil war-situations identified with a state of nature and the famous motto Bellum omnium contra omnes ("the war of all against all")-could only be averted by strong central government. He thus denied any right of rebellion toward the social contract, which would be later added by John Locke and conserved by Jean-Jacques Rousseau. However, Hobbes did discuss the possible dissolution of the State. Since the social contract was made to institute a state that would provide for the "peace and defense" of the people, the contract would become void as soon as the government no longer protected its citizens. By virtue of this fact, man would automatically return to the state of nature until a new contract is made.

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ISBN-13:
2940013853560
Publisher:
United Holdings Group
Publication date:
12/19/2011
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551 KB

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