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Leviathan – Thomas Hobbes (1931)

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Leviathan – Thomas Hobbes (1931)

S$82.00

Title: Leviathan: or, The Matter, Forme & Power of a Commonwealth, Ecclesiasticall and Civill
Author: Thomas Hobbes
Publisher: George Routledge & Co, exact date unknown. No later than 1931, as suggested by an inscription on first blank.
Condition: Hardcover, small book, some foxing, well-bound, good condition.

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Hardcover old edition of the greatest work of political philosophy in English. Surprisingly uncommon.

About the book (from wikipedia):

Leviathan or The Matter, Forme and Power of a Common Wealth Ecclesiasticall and Civill—commonly referred to as Leviathan—is a book written by Thomas Hobbes (1588–1679) and published in 1651 (revised Latin edition 1668). Its name derives from the biblical Leviathan. The work concerns the structure of society and legitimate government, and is regarded as one of the earliest and most influential examples of social contract theory. Leviathan ranks as a classic western work on statecraft comparable to Machiavelli’s The Prince. Written during the English Civil War (1642–1651), Leviathan argues for a social contract and rule by an absolute sovereign. Hobbes wrote that civil war and the brute situation of a state of nature (“the war of all against all”) could only be avoided by strong undivided government.