Leviathan

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Oxford University Press, 1996 - Philosophy - 508 pages
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He that is to govern a whole nation, must read in himself, not this, or that particular man; but mankind. 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. It offers exceptionally thorough and useful annotation, an introduction that guides the reader through the complexities of Hobbes's arguments, and a substantial index.

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It was hard to read wish to read it again. - Goodreads
Most random and irritating writer on philosophy ever. - Goodreads
Hobbes' prose is nasty brutish and long. - Goodreads
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As I reread Hobbes' Leviathan, I was struck by how applicable this work was to the postmodern political context. Hobbes definitely understands that power is the basis of all of the political. Excellent and striking work. Read full review

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User Review  - Nahed.E - Goodreads

one of the most important books in the history of philosophy , Every one study the modern philosophy must read it , As the most important points of Hobbes's philosophy in this book . Read full review

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John Gaskin is Professor, Chair, and Fellow of Trinity College, Dublin. He is the editor of Hobbes and Hume in World's Classics.

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