Leviathan : The Matter, Form, and Power of a Commonwealth, Ecclesiastical and Civil

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The book's name derives from the biblical Leviathan. The work concerns the structure of society and legitimate government, and is regarded as one of the earliest and most influential examples of social contract theory. Leviathan ranks as a classic western work on statecraft comparable to Machiavelli's The Prince. Written during the English Civil War (1642-1651), Leviathan argues for a social contract and rule by an absolute sovereign. Hobbes wrote that civil war and situations identified with a state of nature and the famous motto Bellum omnium contra omnes could only be averted by strong central government.show more

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  • Paperback | 636 pages
  • 152.4 x 228.6 x 36.58mm | 1,047.79g
  • Createspace Independent Publishing Platform
  • English
  • Illustrations, black and white
  • 1514634910
  • 9781514634912

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