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Leviathan (Books I and II)

Thomas Hobbes

Leviathan, or The Matter, Forme and Power of a Common Wealth Ecclesiasticall and Civil, commonly called Leviathan, is a book written in 1651 by Thomas Hobbes. It is titled after the biblical Leviathan. The book concerns the structure of society (as represented figuratively by the frontispiece, showing the state giant made up of individuals), as is evidenced by the full title. In the book, Thomas Hobbes argues for a social contract and rule by a sovereign. Influenced by the English Civil War, Hobbes wrote that chaos or civil war - situations identified with a state of nature and the famous motto Bellum omnium contra omnes ("the war of all against all") - could only be averted by strong central government. He thus denied any right of rebellion toward the social contract. However, Hobbes did discuss the possible dissolution of the State. Since the social contract was made to institute a state that would provide for the "peace and defense" of the people, the contract would become void as soon as the government no longer protected its citizens. By virtue of this fact, man would automatically return to the state of nature until a new contract is made. Summary from Wikipedia.

Leviathan, or The Matter, Forme and Power of a Common Wealth Ecclesiasticall and Civil, commonly called Leviathan, is a book written in 1651 by Thomas Hobbes. It is titled after the biblical Leviathan. The book concerns the structure of society (as represented figuratively by the frontispiece, showing the state giant made up of individuals), as is evidenced by the full title. In the book, Thomas Hobbes argues for a social contract and rule by a sovereign. Influenced by the English Civil War, Hobbes wrote that chaos or civil war - situations identified with a state of nature and the famous motto Bellum omnium contra omnes ("the war of all against all") - could only be averted by strong central government. He thus denied any right of rebellion toward the social contract. However, Hobbes did discuss the possible dissolution of the State. Since the social contract was made to institute a state that would provide for the "peace and defense" of the people, the contract would become void as soon as the government no longer protected its citizens. By virtue of this fact, man would automatically return to the state of nature until a new contract is made. Summary from Wikipedia.
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Leviathan, or The Matter, Forme and Power of a Common Wealth Ecclesiasticall and Civil, commonly called Leviathan, is a book written in 1651 by Thomas Hobbes. It is titled after the biblical Leviathan. The book concerns the structure of society (as represented figuratively by the frontispiece, showing the state giant made up of individuals), as is evidenced by the full title. In the book, Thomas Hobbes argues for a social contract and rule by a sovereign. Influenced by the English Civil War, Hobbes wrote that chaos or civil war - situations identified with a state of nature and the famous motto Bellum omnium contra omnes ("the war of all against all") - could only be averted by strong central government. He thus denied any right of rebellion toward the social contract. However, Hobbes did discuss the possible dissolution of the State. Since the social contract was made to institute a state that would provide for the "peace and defense" of the people, the contract would become void as soon as the government no longer protected its citizens. By virtue of this fact, man would automatically return to the state of nature until a new contract is made. Summary from Wikipedia.

Language:

English

Narrators:

LibriVox Community

Length:

11h 33m


Chapters

Chapter 1
Chapter 1

08:29


Chapter 2
Chapter 2

04:47


Chapter 3
Chapter 3

13:44


Chapter 4
Chapter 4

12:16


Chapter 5
Chapter 5

23:40


Chapter 6
Chapter 6

15:22


Chapter 7
Chapter 7

23:51


Chapter 8
Chapter 8

10:05


Chapter 9
Chapter 9

24:21


Chapter 10
Chapter 10

05:35


Chapter 11
Chapter 11

22:21


Chapter 12
Chapter 12

17:22


Chapter 13
Chapter 13

28:08


Chapter 14
Chapter 14

14:04


Chapter 15
Chapter 15

33:55


Chapter 16
Chapter 16

41:52


Chapter 17
Chapter 17

13:53


Chapter 18
Chapter 18

10:51


Chapter 19
Chapter 19

21:06


Chapter 20
Chapter 20

24:51


Chapter 21
Chapter 21

20:51


Chapter 22
Chapter 22

24:16


Chapter 23
Chapter 23

30:42


Chapter 24
Chapter 24

10:23


Chapter 25
Chapter 25

14:11


Chapter 26
Chapter 26

18:21


Chapter 27
Chapter 27

46:44


Chapter 28
Chapter 28

43:46


Chapter 29
Chapter 29

21:32


Chapter 30
Chapter 30

28:06


Chapter 31
Chapter 31

37:13


Chapter 32
Chapter 32

27:11