Leviathan by Thomas Hobbes

"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 372nd greatest book of all time


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Total Points: 846

Since this book was first published in 1651, there is a penalty of 0%. The age adjusted score is 846.0.

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