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The leviathan is the vast unity of the State. But how are unity, peace, and security to be attained? Hobbes’ 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.

Written during the turmoil of the English Civil War, Leviathan was, in Hobbes’ lifetime, publicly burnt and even condemned in Parliament as one of the causes of the Great Fire of London in 1666. Its current appeal lies not just in its elevation of politics to a science, but in its overriding concern for peace, its systematic analysis of power, and its convincing apologia for the then-emergent market society in which we still live.

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  • Leviathan is a remarkable attempt to explain and justify the institution of government, and it remains one of the masterpieces of political thought.”

    Masterpieces of World Literature

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  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Michele | 10/21/2011

    " I enjoyed reading this story. I think the part of Deryn Sharp a commoner, and a girl that disguises herself as a boy in the British Air Service has me rooting for her success. She's a brilliant airman, but is in constant fear that someone will find out her true identity.
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  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Ashley | 9/24/2011

    " Interesting insight into human nature, and the "social contract theory." "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by Yineth | 8/25/2011

    " Este libro es excelente aunque bastante redundante,la forma en que Hobbes crea su estado de naturaleza me parece muy realista, incluso como él considera que se creó el derecho es interesante. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Jen | 8/9/2011

    " This is an excellent treatise on Christianity and the Christian view of government. I can't agree with every opinion, but Hobbes states his view well. "

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