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Leviathan — is a book written by Thomas Hobbes (1588–1679) and published in 1651. Its name derives from the biblical Leviathan. The work concerns the structure of society and legitimate... More > government, and is regarded as one of the earliest and most influential examples of social contract theory. The publisher was Andrew Crooke, partner in Andrew Crooke and William Cooke. Leviathan ranks high as a classical western work on statecraft comparable to Machiavelli's The Prince and is one of a number of related works incident upon the crisis of the English state framework of the time.< Less
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Leviathan or The Matter, Forme and Power of a Common Wealth Ecclesiasticall and Civil, commonly called Leviathan, is a book written by Thomas Hobbes which was published in 1651. It is titled after... More > the biblical Leviathan. The book concerns the structure of society and legitimate government, and is regarded as one of the earliest and most influential examples of social contract theory.< Less
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Leviathan was written during the English Civil war; much of the book is occupied with demonstrating the necessity of a strong central authority to avoid the evil of discord and civil war. Any abuses... More > of power by this authority are to be accepted as the price of peace. In particular, the doctrine of separation of powers is rejected: the sovereign must control civil, military, judicial and ecclesiastical powers.< Less
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Leviathan is a seventeenth-century work on what the author felt was a good structure for society and legitimate government. The book was written during the English Civil War, and argues for a social... More > contract between an absolute sovereign and the subjects of a commonwealth. While the work was written with the social structures of the time as influences, it also addresses many questions regarding the elements of the civil society that are still debated today. These include concepts of ex post facto law, fair tax structure, and the difference between natural law and civil law, among others. This book rightly ranks among the top treatises on government and statecraft in Western Civilization.< Less
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In Leviathan, Hobbes set out his doctrine of the foundation of states and legitimate governments – originating social contract theory. Leviathan was written during the English Civil War; much... More > of the book is occupied with demonstrating the necessity of a strong central authority to avoid the evil of discord and civil war. Beginning from a mechanistic understanding of human beings and the passions, Hobbes postulates what life would be like without government, a condition which he calls the state of nature. In that state, each person would have a right, or license, to everything in the world. This, Hobbes argues, would lead to a "war of all against all" (bellum omnium contra omnes). The description contains what has been called one of the best known passages in English philosophy, which describes the natural state mankind would be in, were it not for political community: In such condition, there is no place for industry; because the fruit thereof is uncertain: and consequently no culture of the earth.< Less
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Nathan Pritchard, a frigate captain, has taken over the rule of a small island in the southern ocean. In doing so, he has roused the sleeping Leviathan, which has since revealed itself in those... More > waters. The Order of Faolan, the ancient and secretive feudal order of Albion charged with the defense of the nation against its most dangerous threats, sends Callum Fletcher to investigate as its newest initiate. Callum teams up with Morrissey, an untried and outspoken young commander, to take the sloop-of-war Kingfisher to the island to investigate. They discover that Pritchard’s rule is brutal and absolute, involving torture, burnings, and mass-murder, and that he has seized ships, making him guilty of piracy as well as treason. A series of strange and violent events ensue, including the discovery of an archaeological marvel much older than any civilization currently in existence which, in his zealotry, Pritchard vows to destroy.< Less
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Hint: You can preview this book by clicking on "Preview" which is located under the cover of this book. About the author: Thomas Hobbes of Malmesbury (/hɒbz/; 5 April 1588 – 4... More > December 1679), in some older texts Thomas Hobbs of Malmsbury,[a] was an English philosopher, best known today for his work on political philosophy. Excerpt from: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Thomas_Hobbes< Less
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THOMAS HOBBES The Leviathan Thomas Hobbes was born at Malmesbury, Wiltshire, England, April 5, 1588, and died at Hardwick Dec. 4, 1679. When comparatively a young man he was secretary to Francis... More > Bacon. He spent many years abroad, met Galileo, and corresponded with Descartes. But he did not begin to produce until in advanced middle age. "Leviathan, or the Matter, Form, and Power of a Commonwealth, Ecclesiastical and Civil," appeared in 1651. His special impulse to the construction of a science of politics came from the Great Rebellion, his detestation of the principles on which it was based, and his dissatisfaction with the theory of "divine right" as a bafis for the absolutism which he counted a necessity. The "Leviathan" is the commonwealth, or state, conceived as an "artificial man," and this gives the title to this famous work. But this essay towards a science of politics was only a fragment of that complete and all-inclusive structure which he contemplated.< Less
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