Leviathan

Leviathan

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by Thomas Hobbes
     
 

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Leviathan or The Matter, Forme and Power of a Common Wealth Ecclesiastical and Civil -- commonly referred to as Leviathan -- is a book written by Thomas Hobbes (1588–1679) and published in 1651. Its name derives from the biblical Leviathan. The work concerns the structure of society and legitimate government, and is regarded as one of the earliest and most influential

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Leviathan or The Matter, Forme and Power of a Common Wealth Ecclesiastical and Civil -- commonly referred to as Leviathan -- is a book written by Thomas Hobbes (1588–1679) and published in 1651. Its name derives from the biblical Leviathan. The work concerns the structure of society and legitimate government, and is regarded as one of the earliest and most influential examples of social contract theory. Leviathan ranks as a classic western work on statecraft comparable to Machiavelli's The Prince. Written during the English Civil War (1642–1651), Leviathan argues for a social contract and rule by an absolute sovereign. Hobbes wrote that civil war and 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.

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ISBN-13:
2940015561265
Publisher:
Infinite Beacon Publishing
Publication date:
04/15/2014
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Format:
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File size:
496 KB

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Thomas Hobbes (5 April 1588 – 4 December 1679), was an English philosopher, best known today for his work on political philosophy. His 1651 book Leviathan established the foundation for most of Western political philosophy from the perspective of social contract theory.
Hobbes was a champion of absolutism for the sovereign but he also developed some of the fundamentals of European liberal thought: the right of the individual; the natural equality of all men; the artificial character of the political order (which led to the later distinction between civil society and the state); the view that all legitimate political power must be "representative" and based on the consent of the people; and a liberal interpretation of law which leaves people free to do whatever the law does not explicitly forbid.
He was one of the founders of modern political philosophy.His understanding of humans as being matter and motion, obeying the same physical laws as other matter and motion, remains influential; and his account of human nature as self-interested cooperation, and of political communities as being based upon a "social contract" remains one of the major topics of political philosophy.

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Leviathan 3.3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 13 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Hobbes presents a compelling picture of the wrokings of the political. Despite his detractors, Hobbes' insights still prove relevant in a world run by megalomaniacs.
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Guest More than 1 year ago
its ok..not very good seeing as how its rather old..and based on christian fundementals....a quick look and you can find this book online for free