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Leviathan

Author: Thomas Hobbes; C B Macpherson
Publisher: London ; New York, N.Y. : Penguin Books, 1985.
Series: Penguin classics.
Edition/Format:   Print book : EnglishView all editions and formats
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Written during the turmoil of the English Civil War, Leviathan is an ambitious and highly original work of political philosophy. Claiming that man's essential nature is competitive and selfish, Hobbes formulates the case for a powerful sovereign -- or 'Leviathan' -- to enforce peace and the law, substituting security for the anarchic freedom he believed human beings would otherwise experience. This worldview shocked  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Early works
Early works to 1800
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Thomas Hobbes; C B Macpherson
ISBN: 0140431950 9780140431957
OCLC Number: 472686296
Notes: Reprint of: Leviathan, or The matter, forme, & power of a common-wealth ecclesiasticall and civill / by Thomas Hobbes of Malmesbury. London : Andrew Crooke, 1651.
Description: 728 pages : illustrations ; 20 cm.
Contents: Introduction by C.B. Macpherson --
Suggestions for further reading --
Note on the text --
Leviathan / by Thomas Hobbes --
Epistle dedicatory --
The contents of the chapters --
The introduction --
Part I: Of man --
Part II: Of common-wealth --
Part III: Of a Christian common-wealth --
Part IV: Of the kingdome of darknesse --
A review, and conclusion.
Series Title: Penguin classics.
Responsibility: Thomas Hobbes ; edited with an introduction by C.B. Macpherson.

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Written during the turmoil of the English Civil War, Leviathan is an ambitious and highly original work of political philosophy. Claiming that man's essential nature is competitive and selfish, Hobbes formulates the case for a powerful sovereign -- or 'Leviathan' -- to enforce peace and the law, substituting security for the anarchic freedom he believed human beings would otherwise experience. This worldview shocked many of Hobbes's contemporaries, and his work was publicly burnt for sedition and blasphemy when it was first published. But in his rejection of Aristotle's view of man as a naturally social being, and in his painstaking analysis of the ways in which society can and should function, Hobbes opened up a whole new world of political science. Based on the original 1651 text, this edition incorporates Hobbes's own corrections, while also retaining the original spelling and punctuation.

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