Paperback Norton Critical Editions

By (author) Thomas Hobbes, Volume editor Richard E. Fathman, Edited by Richard Flathman, Edited by David Johnston


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  • Publisher: WW Norton & Co
  • Format: Paperback | 400 pages
  • Dimensions: 137mm x 234mm x 13mm | 318g
  • Publication date: 7 November 1996
  • Publication City/Country: New York
  • ISBN 10: 0393967980
  • ISBN 13: 9780393967982
  • Edition: New edition
  • Edition statement: New edition
  • Illustrations note: notes, bibliography, glossary
  • Sales rank: 533,188

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A masterly analysis of how and why power must be used in a market society to preserve peace and prosperity. Written at a time of great political turmoil in England, it has profoundly influenced political thought over the centuries.

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Its appeal to the twentieth century lies not just in its elevation of politics to a science, but in its overriding concern for peace. Its argument that the state of nature, in which life is 'nasty, brutish and short (and patriarchal), is important, but so too is its systematic analysis of power, and its convincing apologia for the then emergent market society in which we still live.