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Hobbes, Thomas

Published by The Folio Society, London, England, 2012
New Condition: New Hardcover
From Dartmouth Books (West Molesey, United Kingdom)

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This stunning hardback work of politics and philosophy was published by The Folio Society in their own edition. The condition of both book and slip case is 'New' and it will sent to you in the publisher's undisturbed shrink-wrapping. The book is introduced by Alan Ryan and illustrated by Mike Wilks. It is bound in buckram and blocked with artwork by Neil Gower from a design from Mike Wilks. The type is set in Arno Pro. There are some 592 pages, a Frontispiece and twelve black & white illustrations. Book size in inches is 10.0 x 6.25 and the book weighs 1.40 kg. As with all our sales of books within the UK, we only ever charge a flat standard delivery cost of £3.35. As to content, The Folio Society comment that the philosopher Thomas Hobbes having understood the devastation caused by the English Civil Wars was determined to construct a blueprint for a peaceful society. He began his task by trying to explain the nature of human beings, the state and civilisation. Morality, he considered, was a physical, not a spiritual attribute, proceeding from our sense of self-preservation. Anarchy decreases our chance of survival and to avoid this, he explains, we must give up a portion of our freedom to a ruling authority, be it a sovereign or Commonwealth (the Leviathan of the title). The sovereign¿s power stems from this self-interested agreement, and while his subjects cannot overthrow him, he has no divine right. It is no surprise that with such arguments Hobbes made enemies on both sides of the Civil War. The English Commonwealth objected to his assertion that benign monarchy was the best form of government, while royalists denounced Hobbes as a revolutionary. Hobbes' conviction that religious power was subordinate to civil authority infuriated Puritans and Catholics alike, both of whom labelled him an atheist. His work was lauded and condemned throughout Europe, and its influence has echoed down the centuries. Published in 1651, Leviathan is the foundation stone on which modern political philosophy is built - the concept of a social contract is drawn from it, while Hobbes¿s assertion that loss of liberty is a price worth paying for peace has aroused new applications and refutations in every generation. This edition contains a newly commissioned introduction from Alan Ryan, lecturer in politics at Princeton University, placing Hobbes's ideas in context and tracing their influence. Powerful illustrations by Mike Wilks provide a thought-provoking complement to Hobbes's great literary achievement. Bookseller Inventory # 001498

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Title: Leviathan

Publisher: The Folio Society, London, England

Publication Date: 2012

Binding: Hardcover

Book Condition:New

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