Leviathan
  • Leviathan
  • Leviathan
  • Leviathan
ISBN: 0140431950
EAN13: 9780140431957
Language: English
Release Date: Feb 25, 1982
Pages: 736
Dimensions: 1.5" H x 8.27" L x 5.04" W
Weight: 1.1 lbs.
Format: Paperback
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Thomas Hobbes's Leviathan is the greatest work of political philosophy in English and the first great work of philosophy in English. In addition, it presents the fundamentals of his beliefs about language, epistemology, and an extensive treatment of revealed religion and its relation to politics. Beginning with premises that were sometimes controversial, such as that every human action is caused by the agent's desire for his own good, Hobbes derived shocking conclusions, such as that the civil government enjoys absolute control over its citizens and that the sovereign has the right to determine which religion is to be practiced in a commonwealth. Hobbes's contemporaries recognized the power of the arguments in Leviathan and many of them wrote responses to it. Selections from books by John Bramhall, Robert Filmer, Edward Hyde, George Lawson, William Lucy, Samuel Pufendorf and Thomas Tenison are included in this edition.Leviathan is divided into four parts: In the first part, Of Man, Hobbes presents a view of human beings and of the natural world in general that is materialistic and mechanistic. In the second part, Of Commonwealth, he defends the theory of absolute sovereignty, the view that the government has all the political power and has the right to control any aspect of life. In the third part, Read More chevron_right

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5
   Letter to the King
At the time, this book was written to the prince or king understandably, how to centralize power from monarchies to statehood. It is an insight into how the power structure operates and its intended goals. Follow this with James Balko's Rise of the Warrior Cop the militarization of police power to catch a glimpse of where this philosophy has carried those who find themselves under these systems of thought into action. As an extension of state power, law enforcement is fundamentally important to understand its imperative construct!
 
5
   Leviathan - hardly light reading
Find yourself eating philosophies of the political economy? Under the right scrutiny, the intricacies of Hobbes abound. Those who have libertarian leanings might find this particularly enjoyable.
 
5
   great book
Good read for anyone who likes weird things in the world. I like to read about this things i read a book that had this in it and decided to but one myself to read more i like it.
 
5
   GREAT
It was very fast and free, the book was automatically sent to my Kindle! I recommend this 100 %!
 
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   Where it started.
As someone who is interested in how we got to where we are today in government, I am interested in where we started and the thoughts and ideas that were both accepted and rejected to get us here today. This was very interesting, so it was very much.
 
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   So poorly produced!
I may be dumb, but there is a 2 word for every eighth word and I am incapable of reading it due to this. There are no page numbers and the corners are sharp. I got this for a class and am now genuinely confused about what I am looking at. Maybe it is intentional, but from what I have seen online, it is not.
 
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   Not as pictured, don't buy it.
This is only a volume one. When it arrived, I did not realize it. This is being advertised as the full book. It does not look like the images displayed by the customers. I am pretty upset that Amazon allows the dishonest sellers so often.
 
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   Only half the book
This is only half the book and doesn 't look like the book in customer pictures. At some point, they must have switched books. Contains only chapters 1-17.
 
3
   not so good
I am reviewing the quality of the product. It has written a lot of marks and notes on it.
 
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   Not what I expected
I bought this new book to add to my library collection, but it arrived TORN and looked truncated as if someone had a bad semester. WTH :
 
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