Leviathan

Leviathan

eBook - 2003
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The Leviathan is the vast unity of the State. But how are unity, peace and security to be attained? Hobbes's answer is sovereignty, but the resurgence of interest today in Leviathan is due less to its answers than its methods. Hobbes sees politics as a science capable of the same axiomatic approach as geometry: he argues from first principles to human nature to politics.
Publisher: London : Penguin, 2003.
ISBN: 9780141191232
0141191236
Characteristics: 1 online resource

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Mar 20, 2018

The editor thankfully never modernized the English, and one can relish the obsolescent words and phrases. The layout is also great in that it has much wider margins than a normal book and the size of the text seems a bit larger too, making it much easier to read. Its been such a long time since last reading it, that I forgot how weird, but also how logical, it is; the last part is especially weird. This edition needed an updated further reading section, and footnotes to explain or clarify archaisms and to tell the reader of Greek terms and Latin phrases (for this the Hackett edition is by far the best). The problems/ issues that the work raises are numerous (wouldn't it be just as strong an argument for global governance? is an example) and would take up too much room for this comment.

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rswcove
Aug 01, 2015

Thomas Hobbes is an important writer to be sure. And it is important to understand the absolutely rubbish that people consider serious thought, so reading this trash heap of failed psychology is probably important- just remember you're reading it the same way one watches a video about drunk driving so you know wrong when you see it.

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mariaf
Feb 06, 2009

Hobbes' political theory stems from his notion that there is a kind of political society "men" must hold on to, if they are to ensure peace and "commodious" living.
A good read.

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