Thomas Hobbes

Thomas Hobbes was an English philosopher best known for his work on political philosophy. His 1651 book 'Leviathan' established the foundation for most of Western political philosophy from the perspective of social contract theory.

Books

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  1. 1. Leviathan

    "Leviathan" is a seminal work of political philosophy that presents an argument for a social contract and rule by an absolute sovereign. The author argues that civil peace and social unity are best achieved by the establishment of a commonwealth through social contract. He suggests that without a strong, central authority to impose law and order, society would descend into a state of nature, characterized by perpetual war and chaos. The book is divided into four parts: Of Man, Of Commonwealth, Of a Christian Commonwealth, and Of the Kingdom of Darkness.

    The 307th Greatest Book of All Time