Leviathan (Paperback)Thomas Hobbes (author), Christopher Brooke (editor)
'The life of man, solitary, poore, nasty, brutish, and short'
Written during the chaos of the English Civil War, Thomas Hobbes' Leviathan asks how, in a world of violence and horror, can we stop ourselves from descending into anarchy? Hobbes' case for a 'common-wealth' under a powerful sovereign - or 'Leviathan' - to enforce security and the rule of law, shocked his contemporaries, and his book was publicly burnt for sedition the moment it was published. But his penetrating work of political philosophy opened up questions about the nature of statecraft and society that influenced governments across the world.
Edited with an Introduction by Christopher Brooke
Publisher: Penguin Books Ltd
Number of pages: 688
Weight: 461 g
Dimensions: 197 x 129 x 28 mm
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I didn't read the whole book - I intended to, but when Hobbes starting getting into the Holy side of things I was lost. Religion confuses me, and I'm not ready to learn. But what I was really interested in... More
“Complicated but good!”
Try to pick out particular quotes to use rather than read the whole thing, as it is difficult to read.
“A must read book for politics”
Hobbes has a unique argument style that should be practised more by us. His argument style is almost as close to scientific philosophy as I think we can get. He starts by making definitions and using those definitions... More
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