Genres: philosophy, politics, classics, history, school, academic, literature
ISBN: 9780140431957 (0140431950)
Publisher: Penguin Books
About The Book
‘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 — now fully revised and with a new introduction for this edition — opened up questions about the nature of statecraft and society that influenced governments across the world.
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