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Thomas Hobbes's Leviathan

Thomas Hobbes

Published in 1651, Leviathan examines where kings get their authority to rule and what they must, in turn, do for their people. Hobbes argues that kings do not have a divine right to hold power; they must earn it by keeping a “social contract” with those they rule over and protect. Hobbes wrote Leviathan while exiled from England after the civil war that unseated King Charles I. Following England’s radical rejection of its monarchy, Hobbes wanted to explain why society needs a strong state and justify allegiance to a central government. Without it, he argueD, there is no order and “the war of all against all” will follow.

Published in 1651, Leviathan examines where kings get their authority to rule and what they must, in turn, do for their people. Hobbes argues that kings do not have a divine right to hold power; they must earn it by keeping a “social contract” with those they rule over and protect. Hobbes wrote Leviathan while exiled from England after the civil war that unseated King Charles I. Following England’s radical rejection of its monarchy, Hobbes wanted to explain why society needs a strong state and justify allegiance to a central government. Without it, he argueD, there is no order and “the war of all against all” will follow.
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Published in 1651, Leviathan examines where kings get their authority to rule and what they must, in turn, do for their people. Hobbes argues that kings do not have a divine right to hold power; they must earn it by keeping a “social contract” with those they rule over and protect. Hobbes wrote Leviathan while exiled from England after the civil war that unseated King Charles I. Following England’s radical rejection of its monarchy, Hobbes wanted to explain why society needs a strong state and justify allegiance to a central government. Without it, he argueD, there is no order and “the war of all against all” will follow.

Language:

English

Narrators:

Jeremy Kleidosty, Macat.com

Length:

1h 40m


Chapters

Chapter 1
Chapter 1

10:21


Chapter 2
Chapter 2

08:03


Chapter 3
Chapter 3

07:36


Chapter 4
Chapter 4

05:56


Chapter 5
Chapter 5

09:17


Chapter 6
Chapter 6

06:39


Chapter 7
Chapter 7

07:23


Chapter 8
Chapter 8

06:32


Chapter 9
Chapter 9

08:08


Chapter 10
Chapter 10

08:57


Chapter 11
Chapter 11

06:40


Chapter 12
Chapter 12

07:38


Chapter 13
Chapter 13

07:33