Leviathan by Thomas Hobbes

Leviathan, The Matter, Forme and Power of a Common Wealth Ecclesiasticall and Civil, commonly called Leviathan, is a book written by Thomas Hobbes which was published in 1651. It is titled after the biblical Leviathan. The book concerns the structure of society and legitimate government, and is regarded as one of the earliest and most influential examples of social contract theory. The publisher was Andrew Crooke, partner in Andrew Crooke and William Cooke. It is often considered one of the most profoundly influential works of political thought ever written. In the book, which was written during the English Civil War, Thomas Hobbes argues for a social contract and rule by an absolute sovereign. Hobbes wrote that chaos or civil war — situations identified with a state of nature and the famous motto Bellum omnium contra omnes ("the war of all against all") — could only be averted by strong central government.

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Name Binding Sales Rank Lowest New Lowest Used Published
Leviathan (Penguin Classics) Paperback 37538 $8.39 $1.49 1982
Leviathan: With selected variants from the Latin edition of 1668 (Hackett Classics) Paperback 22143 $9.00 $3.10 1994
Hobbes: Leviathan: Revised student edition (Cambridge Texts in the History of Political Thought) Paperback 250592 $10.45 $2.43 1996
Leviatan / Leviathan: O La Materia, Forma Y Poder De Un Estado Eclesiástico Y Civil / the Matter, Form and Power of a Civil State and Ecclesiastical (El Libro Universitario. Ensayo) (Spanish Edition) Hardcover 1203063 $65.95 $52.76 2007
Leviathan: Or The Matter, Forme, & Power of a Common-Wealth Ecclesiasticall and Civill (Rethinking the Western Tradition) Paperback 2132928 $8.99 $1.49 2010
Leviathan (Wisehouse Classics - The Original Authoritative Edition) Hardcover 1220284 $17.40 $27.02 2017
Leviathan Paperback 416300 $15.59 2017
Leviathan: FREE The Prince, Illustrated [Quora Media] (100 Greatest Novels of All Time Book 77) Kindle Edition 203997 2017
Leviathan (Everyman's Library 691) Hardcover 1823001 $44.78
Leviathan (Oxford World's Classics) Paperback 293788 $5.58 $1.67 2009
Leviathan (Penguin Classics) Mass Market Paperback 3800624 $12.28 $10.34
Hobbes: Leviathan (Cambridge Texts in the History of Political Thought) Kindle Edition 106305 $5.09 1996
Hobbes: Leviathan: Revised student edition (Cambridge Texts in the History of Political Thought) Hardcover 5171674 $2,416.89 $34.97 1996
The Works of Thomas Hobbes: Leviathan, Behemoth, The Art Of Rhetoric and The Art Of Sophistry, A Dialogue Between A Philosopher and A Student, and More (6 Books With Active Table of Contents) Kindle Edition 426482 $1.99 2011
Leviathan Kindle Edition 98113 $0.99 2012
Leviathan Hardcover 573094 $23.70 $46.01 2007
Leviathan: Or the Matter, Form, and Power of a Commonwealth, Ecclesiastical and Civil (Library Edition) Audio CD 2663200 $74.98 $148.96 2011
Leviathan: With Selected Variants from the Latin Edition of 1668 (Hackett Classics) Hardcover 903289 $42.69 $13.38 1994
Leviathan [Annotated] (With Active Table of Contents) Kindle Edition 325622 $0.99 2011
Leviathan (Annotated) Kindle Edition 879764 $0.99 2013
Leviathan: Or The Matter, Forme, & Power of a Common-Wealth Ecclesiasticall and Civill (Rethinking the Western Tradition) Kindle Edition 334713 $8.48 2010
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Leviathan: Or the Matter, Forme, & Power of a Common-Wealth Ecclesiastical and Civill Paperback 809044 $4.51 $13.94 2016
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Leviathan: By Thomas Hobbes (Illustrated And Unabridged) Kindle Edition 302479 2015
Leviathan Paperback 1311334 $6.99 $0.06 2009
The Works of Thomas Hobbes: Leviathan, The Elements of Law, De Cive and BEHEMOTH Kindle Edition 407621 $0.99 2014
Leviathan & A Dialogue Between A Philosopher and A Student Of The Common Laws Of England (Two Books With Active Table of Contents) Kindle Edition 504522 $0.99 2011
Leviathan (Oxford World's Classics) Kindle Edition 286892 $5.09 1996
Leviathan Kindle Edition 101226 $0.99 2012
Leviathan (Norton Critical Editions) Paperback 252758 $11.80 $0.01 1996
Thomas Hobbes: Leviathan (Clarendon Edition of the Works of Thomas Hobbes) Hardcover 728664 $283.98 $325.62 2012
Leviathan: Or the Matter, Forme, & Power of a Common-wealth Ecclesiastical and Civill Kindle Edition 3630328 2016
Leviathan Paperback 10896420 $17.06 2006
Leviathan Hardcover 4987394 $43.19 $55.89 2009
Leviathan Paperback 5480998 $8.55
By Thomas Hobbes - Hobbes: Leviathan: Revised student edition (REV) (7/29/96) Paperback 1202985 $35.04 $22.07 1996
Leviathan Paperback 630901 $5.26 $5.05 2011
Leviathan Paperback 4523492 $15.38 $18.04 2013
Leviathan Paperback 2004649 $10.99 $6.19 2013
Leviathan Parts I and Two: 1st (First) Edition Paperback 361026 $41.02 $9.89 1958
Leviathan Paperback 435008 $10.89 $3.70 2013
Leviathan Paperback 64868 $10.69 2016
The Leviathan Hardcover 7292470 $31.64 $48.16 2010
Leviathan Paperback 3921152 $12.99 $28.34 2008
Leviathan Mass Market Paperback 4482451 $15.99 $1.06
Hobbes : Leviathan Mass Market Paperback 7673888 $4.99
The Essential Leviathan: A Modernized Edition Paperback 1750319 $14.00 2016
The Leviathan Paperback 7063064 $25.60 2009
Leviathan Paperback 125504 $11.00 2016
Leviathan (Xist Classics) Kindle Edition 96732 2015
Leviathan Kindle Edition 83837 2017
Leviathan (Everyman's Library) Hardcover 1185755 $12.01 1953
Leviathan Hardcover 6285431 $90.02
Leviathan Audible Audio Edition 35082 $26.21 2017
Leviathan(annotated) Kindle Edition 984780 2016
Leviathan Paperback 1618062 $10.99 2018
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Leviathan (Forgotten Books) Paperback 7538848 $41.44 $41.68 2008
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Leviathan: By Thomas Hobbes - Illustrated Kindle Edition 207885 2016
LEVIATHAN (non illustrated) Kindle Edition 342266 $0.99 2011
Leviathan: FREE The Social Contract By Jean Jacques Rousseau, 100% Formatted, Illustrated - JBS Classics (100 Greatest Novels of All Time Book 77) Kindle Edition 238706 2017
Leviathan (with Introduction) Kindle Edition 558779 2017