Leviathan

Leviathan - Penguin Classics

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Synopsis

'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

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Book information

ISBN: 9780141395098
Publisher: Penguin Books Ltd
Imprint: Penguin Classics
Pub date:
DEWEY: 320.01
DEWEY edition: 23
Language: English
Number of pages: xliii, 631
Weight: 472g
Height: 132mm
Width: 199mm
Spine width: 33mm