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Leviathan

Author: Thomas Hobbes; J C A Gaskin
Publisher: Oxford ; New York : Oxford University Press, 1996.
Series: World's classics.
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Leviathan is both a magnificent literary achievement and the greatest work of political philosophy in the English language. Permanently challenging, it has found new applications and new refutations in every generation. Hobbes argues that human beings are first and foremost concerned with their own individual desires and fears. He shows that a conflict of each against every man can only be avoided by the adoption of
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Genre/Form: Early works
Early works to 1800
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Thomas Hobbes; J C A Gaskin
ISBN: 0192823922 9780192823922
OCLC Number: 33101131
Description: lv, 508 pages ; 20 cm.
Series Title: World's classics.
Responsibility: Thomas Hobbes ; edited with an introduction by J.C.A. Gaskin.
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Leviathan is both a magnificent literary achievement and the greatest work of political philosophy in the English language. Permanently challenging, it has found new applications and new refutations in every generation. Hobbes argues that human beings are first and foremost concerned with their own individual desires and fears. He shows that a conflict of each against every man can only be avoided by the adoption of a compact to enforce peace.

The compact involves giving up some of our natural freedom to a sovereign power which will enforce the laws of peace on all citizens. Hobbes also analyses the subversive forces - religion, ambition, private conscience - that threaten to destroy the body politic, Leviathan itself, and return us to the state of war.

. This new edition reproduces the first printed text, retaining the original punctuation but modernizing the spelling, and incorporating the corrections found in the best copies. It offers exceptionally thorough and useful annotation, and introduction that guides the reader through the complexities of Hobbes's arguments, and a substantial index.

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