Leviathan

Leviathan

Book - 1973
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Leviathan is both a magnificent literary achievement and the greatest work of political philosophy in the English language. Permanently challenging, it has found new applications and new refutations in every generation. This new edition reproduces the first printed text, retaining the originalpunctuation but modernizing the spelling. It offers exceptionally thorough and useful annotation, an introduction that guides the reader through the complexities of Hobbes's arguments, and a substantial index.
Publisher: London : Dent, 1973.
ISBN: 9780460006910
0460006916
Branch Call Number: LPLC860311181208
Characteristics: xi, 398 p. ;,19 cm. --

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Mar 20, 2018

The editor thankfully never modernized the English, and one can relish the obsolescent words and phrases. The layout is also great in that it has much wider margins than a normal book and the size of the text seems a bit larger too, making it much easier to read. Its been such a long time since last reading it, that I forgot how weird, but also how logical, it is; the last part is especially weird. This edition needed an updated further reading section, and footnotes to explain or clarify archaisms and to tell the reader of Greek terms and Latin phrases (for this the Hackett edition is by far the best). The problems/ issues that the work raises are numerous (wouldn't it be just as strong an argument for global governance? is an example) and would take up too much room for this comment.

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rswcove
Aug 01, 2015

Thomas Hobbes is an important writer to be sure. And it is important to understand the absolutely rubbish that people consider serious thought, so reading this trash heap of failed psychology is probably important- just remember you're reading it the same way one watches a video about drunk driving so you know wrong when you see it.

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