by Thomas Hobbes, J. C. A. Gaskin
Editor: Oxford University Press
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It is to govern an entire nation, must read in itself, by this step, or that man in particular; but mankindLeviathan is both a magnificent literary achievement and the most important work of political philosophy in the English language.Definitely a challenge, it has found new applications and new refutations, from generation to generation.Hobbes maintains that human beings are first and foremost concerned with their own desires and fearsIt shows that a conflict of all against all men cannot be avoided by the adoption of a pact to enforce peace.The compact implies giving up some of our natural freedom to a sovereign power that will enforce the laws of peace on all citizens.Hobbes also analyses the subversion of the forces of religion, ambition, deprived of conscience – which threaten to destroy the political body, Leviathan himself, and return us to the state of warThis new edition takes up the first printed text, maintaining the original punctuation, but modernizing the spellingIt offers exceptionally comprehensive and useful annotation, an introduction, which guides the reader through the complexities of Hobbes’ arguments, and an important indexON SERIES: For over 100 years Oxford World Classics has made available the widest range of literature from around the worldEach affordable volume reflects Oxford’s commitment to studies, providing the most accurate text, plus a host of other useful functions, including experts in introductions by major authorities, useful notes to clarify the text, updated bibliographies for further study, and many more
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