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Leviathan by Thomas Hobbes

Leviathan or The Matter, Forme and Power of a Common Wealth Ecclesiasticall and Civil-commonly referred to as Leviathan-is a book written by Thomas Hobbes (1588-1679) and published in 1651 (revised Latin edition 1668). Its name derives from the biblical Leviathan. The work concerns the structure of society and legitimate government, and is regarded as one of the earliest and most influential examples of social contract theory. Leviathan ranks as a classic western work on statecraft comparable to Machiavelli's The Prince. Written during the English Civil War (1642-1651), Leviathan argues for a social contract and rule by an absolute sovereign. Hobbes wrote that civil war and the brute situation of a state of nature ("the war of all against all") could only be avoided by strong, undivided government. (from wikipedia.org)

The Sovereign State: Hobbes' Leviathan


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Leviathan is a book written by Thomas Hobbes (1588-1679) and published in 1651 (revised Latin edition 1668). Its name derives from the biblical Leviathan.
The Sovereign State: Hobbes' Leviathan
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Leviathan by Thomas Hobbes
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Leviathan
By Thomas Hobbes. The text of this work is in the "Public Domain" in Australia. Table of Contents. Introduction. The First Part: Of Man. The Second Part: Of Commonwealth. ...
Leviathan
By Thomas Hobbes, 1588-1679. Publisher: Oxford, J. Thornton. Digitizing Sponsor: Princeton Theological Seminary Library. Book Contributor: Princeton Theological Seminary Library.
Leviathan
By Thomas Hobbes, 1588-1679. Publisher: Cambridge, University Press. Digitizing Sponsor: MSN. Book Contributor: Robarts - University of Toronto.
Leviathan
By Thomas Hobbes, 1588-1679. Publisher: Oxford : J. Thornton. Digitizing Sponsor: MSN. Book Contributor: Cornell University Library.
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By Thomas Hobbes, 1588-1679; Pogson Smith, W. G. (William George). Publisher: Oxford : Clarendon Press. Digitizing Sponsor: MSN. Book Contributor: Robarts - University of Toronto.

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Leviathan (Books I and II)
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Leviathan (Books IIII and IV)
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