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Leviathan : or, The matter, forme and power of a commonwealth, ecclesiasticall and civil

Author: Thomas Hobbes; Michael Oakeshott; R S Peters
Publisher: New York : Collier Books, 1962.
Series: Collier classics in the history of thought.
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Comparable to Plato's Republic in depth and insight, Leviathan includes two society-changing phenomena that Plato didn't dare to dream of -- the rise of great nation-states with their claims to absolute sovereignty, and modern science, with its unprecedented analytic power. To Hobbes, the leviathan -- a mythical sea creature described in the Old Testament -- represented his central thesis: that the state must be  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Kommentar
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Early works to 1800
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Hobbes, Thomas, 1588-1679.
Leviathan.
New York, Collier Books [1962]
(OCoLC)654151033
Named Person: Günther Uecker
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Thomas Hobbes; Michael Oakeshott; R S Peters
ISBN: 002065510X 9780020655107
OCLC Number: 692438
Description: 511 pages ; 18 cm.
Contents: The First Part: Of Man. 1. Of Sense ---
2. Of Imagination ---
3. Of the Consequence or Train of Imaginations ---
4. Of Speech ---
5. Of Reason and Science ---
6. Of the Interior Beginnings of Voluntary Motions, commonly called the Passions; and the Speeches by which they are expressed ---
7. Of the Ends or Resolutions of Discourse ---
8. Of the Virtues, commonly called Intellectual; and their contrary Defects ---
9. Of the Several Subjects of Knowledge ---
10. Of Power, Worth, Dignity, Honour, and Worthiness ---
11. Of the Difference of Manners ---
12. Of Religion ---
13. Of the Natural Condition of Mankind as concerning their Felicity and Misery ---
14. Of the First and Second Natural Laws, and of Contracts ---
15. Of other Laws of Nature ---
16. Of Persons, Authors, and Things Personated ----
The Second Part: Of Commonwealth. 17. Of the Causes, Generation, and Definition of a Commonwealth ---
18. Of the Rights of Sovereigns by Institution ---
19. Of the several kinds of Commonwealth by Institution; and of Succession to the Sovereign Power ---
20. Of Dominion Paternal, and Despotical ---
21. Of the Liberty of Subjects ---
22. Of Systems Subject, Political, and Private ---
23. Of the Public Ministers of Sovereign Power ---
24. Of the Nutrition, and Procreation of a Commonwealth ---
25. Of Counsel ---
26. Of Civil Laws ---
27. Of Crimes, Excuses, and Extenuations ---
28. Of Punishments, and Rewards ---
29. Of those things that weaken, or tend to the Dissolution of a Commonwealth ---
30. Of the Office of the Sovereign Representative ---
31. Of the Kingdom of God by Nature ----
The Third Part : Of a Christian Commonwealth. 32. Of the Principles of Christian Politics ---
33. Of the Number, Antiquity, Scope, Authority, and Interpreters of the Books of Holy Scripture ---
34. Of the Signification of Spirit, Angel, and Inspiration, in the Books of Holy Scripture ---
35. Of the Signification in Scripture of the Kingdom of God, of Holy, Sacred, and Sacrament ---
36. Of the Word of God, and of Prophets ---
37. Of Miracles, and their Use ---
38. Of the Signification in Scripture of Eternal Life, Hell, Salvation, the World to Come, and Redemption ---
39. Of the Signification in Scripture of the word Church ---
40. Of the Rights of the Kingdom of God, in Abraham, Moses, the High-Priests, and the Kings of Judah ---
41. Of the Office of Our Blessed Saviour ---
42. Of Power Ecclesiastical ---
43. Of what is Necessary for a Man's Reception into the Kingdom of Heaven ----
The Fourth Par: Of the Kingdom of Darkness. 44. Of Spiritual Darkness, from Misinterpretation of Scripture ---
45. Of Demonology, and other Relics of the Religion of the Gentiles ---
46. Of Darkness from Vain Philosophy, and Fabulous Traditions ---
47. Of the Benefit that proceedeth from such Darkness; and to whom it accrueth ----
A Review, and Conclusion.
Series Title: Collier classics in the history of thought.
Other Titles: Matter, forme and power of a commonwealth, ecclesiasticall and civil
Responsibility: Thomas Hobbes ; edited by Michael Oakeshott, with an introduction by Richard S. Peters.

Abstract:

Comparable to Plato's Republic in depth and insight, Leviathan includes two society-changing phenomena that Plato didn't dare to dream of -- the rise of great nation-states with their claims to absolute sovereignty, and modern science, with its unprecedented analytic power. To Hobbes, the leviathan -- a mythical sea creature described in the Old Testament -- represented his central thesis: that the state must be strong in order to control and protect its citizens. Even today, Hobbes's thesis in Leviathan is debated among scholars and philosophy aficionados around the globe ... Like Plato's Republic, this book contains ideas on psychology, ethics, law, language, and religion that continue to challenge modern thinkers and exercise a profound influence on Western thought. A classic treatise of philosophy, Leviathan is critical reading for anyone who wishes to examine the human mind through the prisms of government and society.

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