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Leviathan

Thomas Hobbes's Leviathan is the greatest work of political philosophy in English and the first great work of philosophy in English. In addition, it presents the fundamentals of his beliefs about language, epistemology, and an extensive treatment of revealed religion and its relation to politics. Beginning with premises that were sometimes controversial, such as that every human action is caused by the agent's desire for his own good, Hobbes derived shocking conclusions, such as that the civil government enjoys absolute control over its citizens and that the sovereign has the right to determine which religion is to be practiced in a commonwealth. Hobbes's contemporaries recognized the power of the arguments in Leviathan and many of them wrote responses to it. Selections from books by John Bramhall, Robert Filmer, Edward Hyde, George Lawson, William Lucy, Samuel Pufendorf and Thomas Tenison are included in this edition. Leviathan is divided into four parts: In the first part, Of Man, Hobbes presents a view of human beings and of the natural world in general that is materialistic and mechanistic. In the second part, Of Commonwealth, he defends the theory of absolute sovereignty, the view that the government has all the political power and has the right to control any aspect of life. In the third part, Of a Christian Commonwealth, he critiques concepts like revelation, prophets, and miracles in such a way that it becomes doubtful whether they can be rationally justified. In the fourth part, Of the Kingdom of Darkness, he explains various ways in which priestly religion has corrupted religion and transgressed the rights of the sovereign. In this revised Broadview Edition of Hobbes's classic work, A.P. Martinich and Brian Battiste modernize Hobbes's punctuation for the sake of clarity. They have also added new notes for readers, extensive cross-references, and a substantial part of Hobbes's reply to Bramhall's The Catching of Leviathan.

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    Introduction
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    Thomas Hobbes: A Brief Chronology
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    A Note on the Text
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    Abbreviations
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    Leviathan Title Page; Contents
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    The Introduction
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    Part I: Of Man
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    Chapter I
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    Chapter II
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    Chapter III
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    Chapter IV
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    Chapter V
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    Chapter VI
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    Chapter VII
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    Chapter VIII
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    Chapter IX
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    Chapter X
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    Chapter XI
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    Chapter XII
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    Chapter XIII
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    Chapter XIV
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    Chapter XV
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    Chapter XVI
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    The Second Part: Of Commonwealth
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    Chapter XIX
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    Chapter XX
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    Chapter XXI
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    Chapter XXII
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    Chapter XXIII
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    Chapter XXIV
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    Chapter XXV
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    Chapter XXVI
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    Chapter XXVII
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    Chapter XXVIII
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    Chapter XXIX
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    Chapter XXX
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    Chapter XXXI
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    The Third Part: Of A Christian Commonwealth
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    Chapter XXXII
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    Chapter XXXIII
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    Chapter XXXIV
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    Chapter XXXV
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    Chapter XXXVI
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    Chapter XXXVII
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    Chapter XXXVIII
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    Chapter XXXIX
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    Chapter XL
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    Chapter XLI
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    Chapter XLII
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    Chapter XLIII
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    The Fourth Part: Of The Kingdom Of Darkness
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    Chapter XLIV
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    Chapter XLV
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    Chapter XLVI
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    Chapter XLVII
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    A Review and Conclusion
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    Appendix A: From Roboert Filmer, Observations Concerning the Original of Government, Upon Mr Hobbes's "Leviathan," Mr Milton Against Salmasius, H. Grotius "De Jure Belli"
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    Appendix B: From George Lawson, An Examination of the Political Part of Mr. Hobbs His Leviathan
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    Appendix C: From John Bramhall, The Catching of Leviathan, or the Great Whale
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    Appendix D: From William Lucy, Observations, Censures and Confutations of Notorious Errours in Mr. Hobbes His Leviathan
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    Appendix E: From Thomas Tenison, The Creed of Mr. Hobbes Examined; in a Feigned Conference between Him and a Student in Divinity
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    Appendix F: From Samuel Pufendorf, Of the Law of Nature and of Nations, in Eight Books
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    Appendix G: From Edward Hyde, A Brief View and Survey of the Dangerous and Pernicious Errors to Church and State in Mr Hobbes's Book Entitled Leviathan
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    Appendix H: From Thomas Hobbes, An Answer to a Book Published by Dr. Bramhall, late Bishop of Derry; called The Catching of the Leviathan
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