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Author: George H. Smith, Pat Childs Narrator: Craig Deitschmann, Pat Childs, Sam Mercurio, Paul Meier, Travis Hardison Publisher: Knowledge Products Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Series: The Giants of Political Thought Series Release Date: February 2006 ISBN: 9781455184675
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Leviathan is a vigorous defense of a strong central government that was originally published in 1651, just after the English wars of 1642-49. This presentation explores the social and political turmoil during which Leviathan was written, including an examination of the radical political philosophies spawned by opposition to Stuart monarchy in England. It explains the materialistic foundation of Hobbes’ philosophy and how this influenced his theory of man, society, and government. Special attention is paid to Hobbes’ theory of the “state of nature,” the social contract, and the governmental sovereignty. The right of resistance against unjust laws and the right to liberty of conscience also are discussed.

A comprehensive work, Leviathan discusses many areas of philosophy and religion and is widely acknowledged as a masterpiece of political thought.

The Giants of Political Thought Series offers an easy and entertaining way to broaden your mind and your awareness of great ideas.

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About the Author

George H. Smith is an author, editor, educator, and speaker. His first book was the very popular Atheism: The Case against God. Smith began teaching in the 1970s and for nearly twenty years spent his summers instructing university students in political philosophy and American political and intellectual history at seminars sponsored by the Cato Institute and the Institute for Humane Studies. His many articles and book reviews have appeared in a wide range of publications, including Reason, the New York Times, and the Journal of Libertarian Studies.

About the Narrator

Ayn Rand (1905–1982) was born in Russia, graduated from the University of Leningrad, and came to the United States in 1926. She published her first novel in 1936. With the publication of The Fountainhead in 1943, she achieved a spectacular and enduring success, and her unique philosophy, Objectivism, gained a worldwide following.