Hobbes is widely regarded as one of the most important figures in the history of ideas and political thought, and his seminal text Leviathan is widely recognised as one of the greatest works of political philosophy ever written.
The Routledge Guidebook to Hobbes’ Leviathan introduces the major themes in Hobbes’ great book and acts as a companion for reading this key work, examining:
With further reading included throughout, this text follows Hobbes’ original work closely, making it essential reading for all students of philosophy and politics, and all those wishing to get to grips with this classic work.
Acknowledgements Introduction 1. Hobbes’ Life 2. Leviathan: the book 3. Human Knowledge, Reason and Ignorance 4. The State of Nature: Law and Right 5. State of Nature to Commonwealth 6. Contract and Consent 7. Sovereignty, State, Commonwealth 8. Law, Crime, Punishment 9. Religious Liberty and Toleration 10. Leviathan and International Relations 11. The afterlife of the Leviathan
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