Leviathan

Leviathan

Or the Matter, Form, and Power of a Commonwealth, Ecclesiastical and Civil
Written by Thomas Hobbes
Narrated by James Adams
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Leviathan

Or the Matter, Form, and Power of a Commonwealth, Ecclesiastical and Civil
Written by Thomas Hobbes | Narrated by James Adams
This 1651 masterwork, written against the backdrop of the English Civil War, is considered among the foundational texts of modern political philosophy. Discover Thomas Hobbes’s groundbreaking theory of the social contract — and how it can help societies achieve peace and prosperity — in this fascinating audio edition.

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The leviathan is the vast unity of the State. But how are unity, peace, and security to be attained? Hobbes’ answer is sovereignty, but the resurgence of interest today in Leviathan is due less to its answers than its methods: Hobbes sees politics as a science capable of the same axiomatic approach as geometry.

Written during the turmoil of the English Civil War, Leviathan was, in Hobbes’ lifetime, publicly burnt and even condemned in Parliament as one of the causes of the Great Fire of London in 1666. Its current appeal lies not just in its elevation of politics to a science, but in its overriding concern for peace, its systematic analysis of power, and its convincing apologia for the then-emergent market society in which we still live.

Categories: Classics
Release Date: July 21, 2011
Publisher: Blackstone Audio
Run time: 23 hours and 20 minutes
Unabridged Audiobook

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