Leviathan A masterly analysis of how and why power must be used in a market society to preserve peace and prosperity Written at a time of great political turmoil in England it has profoundly influenced politic

  • Title: Leviathan
  • Author: Thomas Hobbes Richard E. Flathman David Johnston
  • ISBN: 9780393967982
  • Page: 318
  • Format: Paperback
  • A masterly analysis of how and why power must be used in a market society to preserve peace and prosperity Written at a time of great political turmoil in England, it has profoundly influenced political thought over the centuries.

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    1. Thomas Hobbes Richard E. Flathman David Johnston

      Thomas Hobbes of Malmesbury also Thomas Hobbes of Malmsbury was a British philosopher and a seminal thinker of modern political philosophy His ideas were marked by a mechanistic materialist foundation, a characterization of human nature based on greed and fear of death, and support for an absolute monarchical form of government His 1651 book Leviathan established the foundation for most of Western political philosophy from the perspective of social contract theory.He was also a scholar of classical Greek history and literature, and produced English translation of Illiad, Odyssey and History of Peloponnesian War.

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    1. Not only did I disagree with Hobbes' conclusions, I find his assumptions (his arguments based entirely in Christian perspective) essentially worthless. The only value this tract served to me is to "know thy enemy". This is a classic example of mental circus tricks being used to justify the march of Christian dominance across the globe. I can't think of any written text that I despise more, except perhaps Mein Kempf.Hobbes is my least favorite philosopher. He embodies everything I despise in West [...]

    2. PrefaceA Scheme of ReferenceIntroductionA Note on the TextSelect BibliographyChronology--Leviathan, or The Matter, Forme, & Power of a Common-Wealth Ecclesiasticall and CivillExplanatory NotesIndex of Subjects

    3. Since some reviewers here seem to rate this work unfairly low because of their disagreements, ignoring both the importance of Leviathan and the basic power of the argument Hobbes forwards in it, I'll refer a couple of good, measured reviews with history and backdrop also found here-/review/show//review/show//review/show//review/show/Originally I planned to adapt an essay I wrote at university on Hobbes and Leviathan (with comparisons against Locke, Rousseau and others) to serve as a review, but [...]

    4. Κατ’ αρχάς μια πολύ ωραία και προσεγμένη έκδοση. Είναι το έργο ζωής του Thomas Hobbes, άγγλου φιλόσοφου, γιου προτεστάντη κληρικού, που έζησε τον 17ο αιώνα.Μέρος πρώτο: περί ανθρώπου. Εξαιρετικό.Μέρος δεύτερο: περί πολιτικής κοινότητας. Αναπτύσσει την βασική του πολιτική φιλοσοφί [...]

    5. Hobbes’s Leviathan appears draconian to most Americans who ascribe to classical liberal values. Their rejection of his social contract coincides with an optimistic Lockean faith in the capabilities and moral fortitude necessary for negative liberties to survive. This naïveté in political legitimacy is analogous to the popularity of the New Testament compared to the Old because, while both texts share equal moral instruction, we fervently prefer a loving and forgiving God to a brutal taskmast [...]

    6. ارزش یا قدر انسان مثل ارزش و قدر همه ی چیزهای دیگر در بهای اوست یعنی در همان مبلغی ست که به ازای استفاده از قدرت او پرداخت می گردد و بنابراین ارزش انسان مطلق نیست بلکه وابسته به نیاز و ارزیابی دیگران است. فرمانده ی توانای سپاهیان در زمان وقوع جنگ و یا احتمال وقوع آن ارزش بسیاری د [...]

    7. Though considered to be one of the most influential works of political thought, this manages to be both tedious and frightening – tedious because of Hobbes’s labored phrasing and protracted reasoning, and frightening because his conclusions have been put into play by stars like Stalin and Pol Pot. In brief, Hobbes argues for a strong central government headed by an absolute sovereign. Frankly, I can’t imagine anyone liking Hobbes, as his take on social contract theory supports the theoreti [...]

    8. Thomas Hobbes discourse on civil and ecclesiatical governance, he analyses this in four parts, firstly via a discourse of man and the first principles of society; secondly he looks at the institution of a commonwealth and varying principles governing such, as here listed: "The sovereign has twelve principal rights:1. because a successive covenant cannot override a prior one, the subjects cannot (lawfully) change the form of government. 2. because the covenant forming the commonwealth results fro [...]

    9. Leviathan is a major work of philosophy. Full stop.It's interesting to think that this book is the fundamental root of a lot of ultra-conservative brains. On some level, I can understand this. Hobbes defends the divine right of royal power (to a certain extent) and proceeds to define this power as absolute. Without question, subjects must bow to their masters, under any circumstances. In all this, however, he ultimately says that a monarch's power is granted him by his subjects, for without subj [...]

    10. A Monster of a Book12 Oct 2017 Woah, after three weeks I have finally managed to finish the behemoth of a book (which, ironically, Hobbes also wrote a book with that name) and I can now move onto something much lighter. Anyway, there was a time, when I was younger, when I was dreaming of one day getting married, having children, while becoming a hot shot lawyer (is it possible to actually do those two things) that I wanted to read this to my proposed child while he (or she) was still a baby. Min [...]

    11. Three essential hallmarks of the Hobbesian system are important: the war of each against all, the role of human rationality in ending this; the use of knowledge/science as a basis for societal engineering. His view of the state of nature--that time before government and the state existed--is unsurprising when one understands that he was born in the year of the erstwhile invasion by the Spanish Armada (1588) and lived through civil turmoil and revolution in England throughout his life. Hobbes beg [...]

    12. Le Leviathan (view spoiler)[ (hide spoiler)]est un livre remarquable. Écrit par un Anglais au beau milieu du dix-septième siècle, alors qu'en France la Fronde secoue la paix du royaume, que l'Angleterre est également la proie de troubles, et qu'enfin l'Europe est encore meurtrie par les guerres de religion, cet ouvrage a pour ambition de tracer nettement la frontière entre les prérogatives de la Religion chrétienne et celles de l’État, quand à l'usage des lois, et de la force pour les [...]

    13. For the most part, I admire Hobbes even if I disagree with half of what he's saying. The first part of this book appeals to me mostly because both of us acknowledge the inherent shortcomings of human kind. While I can't really deny that there is a "mutual relationship between protection and obedience", I'm my view there is a limit to it. The social contract should not be respected by the populus without complaint or demand. What is needed is a democracy not a tyranny.For the most part, I think i [...]

    14. اللفياثانكتاب طويل ولكن لن تشعر ابدا بطولفالكتاب ليس فلسفيا وليس سياسيا وليس ملحمة او عملا أدبياهو خلط من كل ما كتبت ، فكتاب هوبز هذا المقسم الى أربعة اجزاء تحدى فيه سلطان الكنيسة والدين البابوي بشكل لا يصدقفي الجزء الاول يتحدث هوبز عن الانسان ، عن أهمية اللغة والحكمة وكيفي [...]

    15. 3.5 stars. I read this when I was in college during a political science course. I remember thinking it was a good source of discussion/debate in class. I plan to re-read this in the near future and will give a more detailed review at that time.

    16. This is truly the greatest written political work of all time. It meticulously dissects the areas of the political body and mind, the Leviathan itself, and it also deals with the fundamental properties that enable that political body to work such as human reason, ideology, government and also religion.Every question that I have conceived within the confines of my mind, this book has answered it perfectly and efficiently. It is amazing how Thomas Hobbes has argued, analyzed and even criticized th [...]

    17. In his Leviathan, Thomas Hobbes claims that the acts of a sovereign are always the acts of each of the subjects, so no subject can ever be wronged by the sovereign. He makes this assertion to justify the power structure of a monarchist commonwealth, and he bases this conclusion on a contract he believes arises when a nation chooses to be governed instead of remaining in a state of anarchy he calls the state of nature. I’ll explain why by showing how a sovereign is raised and the nature of the [...]

    18. hobbes' theory is a misanthropic, elitist vision that humans are basically corrupt, evil and stupid, and must be lead by a far-sighted guardian or "leviathan" which enforces private property relations and prevents people from following their "evil impulses."yikes.

    19. Not the best book I've ever chosen to read while in the bathroom, but it's not like I would have read it any other way. It's interesting purely as a historical document, as it followed the English civil war and speaks out, basically, for commonsense civility and peace-through-strength. A lot of it is just sensible argumentation, and I especially admired Hobbes' refusal to credit ancient sources merely because they're ancient. His defense of this, presented in the conclusion, is essentially: "Yea [...]

    20. Read this review first if you haven't read the book yet: /review/show#Of Man#: No free will, no soul, we are just machines just like a ball on a slope, it falls down expectedly (it can't Will not to go down). Imagination is just Memory; decaying Senses that propagate inside our heads.#Of Common-Wealths#: Read above-mentioned review.-----#Of A Christian Common-Wealth#: Now he links what he said in Of Man (the world and us are mechanical, no Metaphysics nor Ghosts etc) and what he said in Of Commo [...]

    21. The Open Syllabus Project, the systematic study of over one million college syllabi ranks this book as the seventh most popular book cited by syllabi. After having listened to this book I know exactly why. The Age of Enlightenment starts with this book.It's clear that the project of the Enlightenment was the dialectic of answering the pessimism of Hobbes with the optimism of John Locke. They might not have had to agree with Hobbes, but they had to respond to him.Hobbes is very subtle in some of [...]

    22. It's not hard to see why this is considered so important. He goes one step beyond Machiavelli and just totally blows apart the last remaining shreds of virtue-derived political praxis. Politics no longer has anything to do with the idea of 'the good,' what we have now is a secular system in which we consent to have rulers to protect our own interests, however noble or terrible they may be, because without that framework we'd just live like animals, fighting absolutely everything else in the worl [...]

    23. One of the most important books in the history of philosophy , Every one study the modern philosophy must read it , Because of the most important points of Hobbes's philosophy in this book .

    24. هدف اصلی کتاب پاسخ به این پرسش است که «چرا به دولت نیاز داریم؟». هابز برای انسان چیزی را تعریف می‌کند به عنوان «حق طبیعی». حق طبیعی، حق حفظ منافع است که می‌تواند منجر به قدرت طلبی و تجاوز به حقوق دیگران شود. در نتیجه «وضع طبیعی» را «جنگ همه علیه همه» متصور می‌شود. و به «قانون طب [...]

    25. [update 10/23/13: after having to re-read this thing for another class I have a little more appreciation for it but I would do well not having to read it for another 10 years.]Bellum omnium contra omnes Another book from philosophy class. I have trouble remembering whether this book or the Critique of Pure Reason frustrated the class more. This was a very "interesting" book to read. I think when people call Plato's Republic fascist they are thinking more of this text which took all the controver [...]

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