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Leviathan

or the Matter, Forme and Power of a Commonwealth Ecclesiasticall and Civil

By Thomas Hobbes
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Leviathan: or the Matter, Forme and Power of a Commonwealth Ecclesiasticall and Civil by Thomas Hobbes

Leviathan (1651) examines the relationship of society and rulers and is widely held as a classic work on the nature of statecraft. English philosopher Thomas Hobbes believed that man’s natural inclination to war could only be tamed by a strong, centralized government. In these blinks, you’ll learn why Hobbes felt a commonwealth of men under a strong monarch was the only solution to securing peace and security for all.

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  • People interested in how certain forms of government came to be
  • Students examining the origins of law and early government

English philosopher Thomas Hobbes (1588-1679) was best known for his contributions to political thought. His writings, including Leviathan and De Cive (On the Citizen), are considered the cornerstones of Western political philosophy.

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