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 307th greatest book of all time


Published
1651
Nationality
British
Type
Nonfiction
Pages
300-500
Words
150,000
Original Language
English

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