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Leviathan

by Thomas Hobbes
Introduction by C. B. Macpherson
Editor C Macpherson

Penguin Publishing Group | February 25, 1982 | Trade Paperback

Leviathan is rated 4.5 out of 5 by 2.
A masterly analysis of how and why power must be used in a market society to preserve peace and prosperity. Written at a time of great political turmoil in England, it has profoundly influenced political thought over the centuries.

Format: Trade Paperback

Dimensions: 736 pages, 7.78 × 5.05 × 1.28 in

Published: February 25, 1982

Publisher: Penguin Publishing Group

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10: 0140431950

ISBN - 13: 9780140431957

Found in: History and Theory
Appropriate for ages: 18 - 18

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Rated 4 out of 5 by from One of the greatest works in Occidental Philosophy Thomas Hobbes has been dismissed by most philosophers and thinkers as a pessimistic fascist; but only those who have not read him or understood his ideas are of that opinion, a category of which I was a member of. Thomas Hobbes was of the greatest English, most erudite, and intellectual philosophers. He was born in the year of Spanish Armada in 1588, lived during the reign of Charles I (for a while he tutored the Prince of Wales), Cromwell’s Interregnum, and the Restoration. Is it any wonder that he thought life to be “poor, nasty, brutish, and short”? Many may not realise the fact that it is with Hobbes that we begin to see the commencement of Liberal philosophy. When one reads this work, one is at once struck by Hobbes’ perspicuity, and at the same time, we find some of his ideas opaque and too abstract. But some of his thoughts and sentences are so true, so sublime, so profound that they make you wonder about the world, and these thoughts tend to reverberate in your brain for days. Though I disagree with most of this thinking, I cannot ignore one plain fact: that probably with the exception of David Hume, Hobbes was the most original philosopher to have come out the British Isles.
Date published: 2012-11-23
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Pure Nature A great book about human nature. Since we are thinking beings, we have always thought what Thomas Hobbes wrote about in Leviathan. He just makes more sense of the thought. I recommend this reading to anyone who enjoys realism and would like to find out how commonwealth began its journey.
Date published: 1999-04-14

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Leviathan

by Thomas Hobbes
Introduction by C. B. Macpherson
Editor C Macpherson

Format: Trade Paperback

Dimensions: 736 pages, 7.78 × 5.05 × 1.28 in

Published: February 25, 1982

Publisher: Penguin Publishing Group

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10: 0140431950

ISBN - 13: 9780140431957

From the Publisher

A masterly analysis of how and why power must be used in a market society to preserve peace and prosperity. Written at a time of great political turmoil in England, it has profoundly influenced political thought over the centuries.

From the Jacket

Its appeal to the twentieth century lies not just in its elevation of politics to a science, but in its overriding concern for peace. Its argument that the state of nature, in which life is ''nasty, brutish and short (and patriarchal), is important, but so too is its systematic analysis of power, and its convincing apologia for the then emergent market society in which we still live.

About the Author

Thomas Hobbes was born in Malmesbury, the son of a wayward country vicar. He was educated at Magdalen Hall, Oxford, and was supported during his long life by the wealthy Cavendish family, the Earls of Devonshire. Traveling widely, he met many of the leading intellectuals of the day, including Francis Bacon, Galileo Galilei, and Rene Descartes. As a philosopher and political theorist, Hobbes established---along with, but independently of, Descartes---early modern modes of thought in reaction to the scholasticism that characterized the seventeenth century. Because of his ideas, he was constantly in dispute with scientists and theologians, and many of his works were banned. His writings on psychology raised the possibility (later realized) that psychology could become a natural science, but his theory of politics is his most enduring achievement. In brief, his theory states that the problem of establishing order in society requires a sovereign to whom people owe loyalty and who in turn has duties toward his or her subjects. His prose masterpiece Leviathan (1651) is regarded as a major contribution to the theory of the state.

From Our Editors

When Thomas Hobbes wrote this treatise on the importance of power in a market society, things looked a lot different. Incredibly, though, things developed in much the same way he predicted. This is mostly due to the influence Leviathan has had across the world and throughout history. Leaders have turned to the classic text for advice and practical information on forming governments. In fact, readers should recognize parts of the American Constitution within the pages of this book. More than a slice of history, this text is in fact a partial blueprint to the society in which we live.

Appropriate for ages: 18 - 18