The Leviathan

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Kessinger Publishing, Jun 1, 2004 - Philosophy - 308 pages
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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
Hobbes's writing is incredibly painful to read. - Goodreads
A real page turner!!! - Goodreads

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User Review  - Austin Hoffman - Goodreads

I struggled through the first three books of Leviathan. Hobbes's writing is incredibly painful to read. It's very plodding and slow. He seems to take Machiavelli one step further as he develops his ... Read full review

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User Review  - Tahani - Goodreads

a great book that must be taught in universities. a very influential one. shows how countries and ruling systems function or must function starting from the study of the human. Read full review

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About the author (2004)

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.

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