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This new Penguin Classics edition of o ne of the great masterpieces of seventeenth-century English prose is based on a thoroughly corrected text and includes a major new introduction.

Thomas Hobbes lived through the Thirty Years War and Britain's civil wars, and the trauma of these events led to his great masterpiece of political thought, Leviathan . How could humankind rescue itself from life in the natural state, which was 'poor, nasty, brutish and short'? What form of politics would provide the security that he and his contemporaries craved?
Vilified and scorned from the moment it was published, Leviathan was publicly burnt for sedition, but ever since it has exercised a unique fascination on its readers, both for its ideas and its remarkable prose. Its concepts helped to drag Europe into a new world - one in which we still live today.
Publisher: [Harmondsworth, Middlesex] :, Penguin Books,, 2017, ©2017.
ISBN: 9780141395098
Branch Call Number: 320. 01 HOB
Characteristics: xliii, 631 pages ; 20 cm


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Mar 20, 2018

The editor thankfully never modernized the English, and one can relish the obsolescent words and phrases. The layout is also great in that it has much wider margins than a normal book and the size of the text seems a bit larger too, making it much easier to read. Its been such a long time since last reading it, that I forgot how weird, but also how logical, it is; the last part is especially weird. This edition needed an updated further reading section, and footnotes to explain or clarify archaisms and to tell the reader of Greek terms and Latin phrases (for this the Hackett edition is by far the best). The problems/ issues that the work raises are numerous (wouldn't it be just as strong an argument for global governance? is an example) and would take up too much room for this comment.

Aug 01, 2015

Thomas Hobbes is an important writer to be sure. And it is important to understand the absolutely rubbish that people consider serious thought, so reading this trash heap of failed psychology is probably important- just remember you're reading it the same way one watches a video about drunk driving so you know wrong when you see it.

Feb 06, 2009

Hobbes' political theory stems from his notion that there is a kind of political society "men" must hold on to, if they are to ensure peace and "commodious" living.
A good read.

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