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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (7 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Thomas Hobbes Narrator: James Adams Publisher: Blackstone Audio Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: August 2011 ISBN: 9781470802769
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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

Listener Opinions

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 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 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 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 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. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Milo | 7/23/2011

    " has he not had his heart set on reconciling his theories with religion (yet still managing to outrage Catholics and protestants alike) and insisting that monarchy is the only way to rule, this could have been a good book. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 edward j | 7/15/2011

    " This is indescribably bad philosophy. From first premise to conclusion, it's absurdity is rarely matched and never surpassed. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Mike | 6/28/2011

    " This guy really liked to define words. Not an easy thing to do and definitely reveals personal bias. "

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About the Author
Author Thomas Hobbes

Thomas Hobbes (1588–1679) studied classics at Oxford and later became tutor to the son of William Cavendish, Baron of Hardwick. An interest in science and philosophy, heightened by travels in Europe, led to Leviathan—the crowning achievement of his political science. It was so influential that it came under widespread attack and was in danger of condemnation by the House of Commons.

About the Narrator

James Adams is one of the world’s leading authorities on terrorism and intelligence, and for more than twenty-five years he has specialized in national security. He is also the author of fourteen bestselling books on warfare, with a particular emphasis on covert warfare. A former managing editor of the London Sunday Times and CEO of United Press International, he trained as a journalist in England, where he graduated first in the country. Now living in Southern Oregon, he has narrated numerous audiobooks and earned an AudioFile Earphones Award and two coveted Audie Award for best narration.