Book #12: Leviathan


by Thomas Hobbes

Leviathan is a seventeenth century work of political philosophy. In its pages, Hobbes lays out an argument for a legitimate commonwealth based on a social contract between an absolute sovereign and the governed. Hobbes’ ideas had a great influence on America’s founders, and although they rejected the idea of a supreme monarch, they took to heart his thoughts on man’s need for self-protection though a well-define system of rights and laws.

This twelfth book of the project is the first one for which I did not have to find a translated edition, as Hobbes originally wrote the text in English. Well, he wrote it in seventeenth century English, so it has a King James feel to it. I obtained an electronic copy of the text, which is 487 pages long.

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