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Thomas Hobbes took a new look at the ways in which society should function, and he ended up formulating the concept of political science. His crowning achievement, Leviathan, remains among the greatest works in the history of ideas. Written during a moment in English history when the political and social structures as well as methods of science were in flux and open to interpretation, Leviathan played an essential role in the development of the modern world.

An outspoken royalist, Hobbes fled to France during the English civil war, where he wrote this polemic, in which he calls for a powerful sovereign—a "Leviathan"—to act as an enforcer of peace and justice. Hobbes' articulation of this long-contemplated philosophy of political and natural science was finally published in 1651, two years after the overthrow and execution of Charles I. It met with a fire-storm of controversy that included charges of treason and sedition. This edition of Hobbes' landmark work is based on the original text. It incorporates the author's own corrections and retains the period spelling and punctuation, offering both flavourful authenticity and the utmost clarity of expression.

Edition Language:English
Format Type:Paperback
Number of Pages:736 pages
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    Leviathan Reviews

  • Charissa
    Nov 28, 2007

    Not only did I disagree with Hobbes' conclusions, I find his assumptions (his arguments based entirely in Christian perspective) essentially worthless. The only value this tract served to me is to "kn...

  • Edward
    Jul 27, 2011

    PrefaceA Scheme of ReferenceIntroductionA Note on the TextSelect BibliographyChronology--Leviathan, or The Matter, Forme, & Power of a Common-Wealth Ecclesiasticall and CivillExplanatory NotesIndex of...

  • Rowland Bismark
    Jun 03, 2010

    Leviathan, Hobbes's most important work and one of the most influential philosophical texts produced during the seventeenth century, was written partly as a response to the fear Hobbes experienced dur...

  • Yasiru (reviews will soon be removed and linked to blog)
    Jan 07, 2012

    Since some reviewers here seem to rate this work unfairly low because of their disagreements, ignoring both the importance of Leviathan and the basic power of the argument Hobbes forwards in it, I'll ...

  • Nikos Tsentemeidis
    Oct 16, 2016

    Κατ’ αρχάς μια πολύ ωραία και προσεγμένη έκδοση. Είναι το έργο ζωής του Thomas Hobbes, άγγλου φιλόσοφου, γιου προτεσ...

  • Alex MacMillan
    Oct 22, 2011

    Hobbes’s Leviathan appears draconian to most Americans who ascribe to classical liberal values. Their rejection of his social contract coincides with an optimistic Lockean faith in the capabilities ...

  • Marts  (Thinker)
    Feb 11, 2011

    Thomas Hobbes discourse on civil and ecclesiatical governance, he analyses this in four parts, firstly via a discourse of man and the first principles of society; secondly he looks at the institution ...

  • Laura
    Aug 19, 2010

    Though considered to be one of the most influential works of political thought, this manages to be both tedious and frightening – tedious because of Hobbes’s labored phrasing and protracted reason...

  • Andrew
    Dec 02, 2011

    Leviathan is a major work of philosophy. Full stop.It's interesting to think that this book is the fundamental root of a lot of ultra-conservative brains. On some level, I can understand this. Hobbes ...

  • Steven Peterson
    May 31, 2009

    Three essential hallmarks of the Hobbesian system are important: the war of each against all, the role of human rationality in ending this; the use of knowledge/science as a basis for societal enginee...