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Leviathan - Revised Edition 

Leviathan - Revised Edition

Written by: Thomas Hobbes
Edited by: A.P. Martinich & Brian Battiste

Series: Broadview Editions
2nd Edition

Publication Date: December 23, 2010
696pp • Paperback / PDF / ePub
ISBN: 9781554810031 / 1554810035

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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.

Comments on previous edition:

"Internationally renowned Hobbes scholar A.P. Martinich has produced the definitive version of Leviathan for student use. Handsomely turned out by Broadview Press, this edition features a highly informative introduction, a brief chronology of Hobbes's life, as well as some useful notes on the text itself. Of special value are seven appendices drawn from the writings of contemporary critics of Hobbes's thought, including Filmer, Lawson, Bramhall, Hyde and others. Martinich has made a difficult but essential text as accessible to students as it is likely ever to become." - George Wright, University of Wisconsin

"An admirably accessible edition of Hobbes's masterpiece. The work is presented clearly, in its entirety, and with generous excerpts from Hobbes's formidable contemporary critics." - Kinch Hoekstra, Balliol College, Oxford University

"This very readable edition of Hobbes's Leviathan is an excellent resource for students of political philosophy and its history. The collection of published responses to Leviathan by some of Hobbes's most prominent contemporaries provides insight into the historical context in which he was writing, and philosophically challenging commentary on this great work of political philosophy." - Thomas Christiano, University of Arizona 

A.P. Martinich is Roy Allison Vaughan Centennial Professor of Philosophy at the University of Texas at Austin. Brian Battiste is a graduate student in the Department of Philosophy at the University of Texas, Austin.

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Thomas Hobbes: A Brief Chronology

A Note on the Text


Appendix A: From Robert Filmer, Observations Concerning the Original of Government, Upon Mr. Hobbes's 'Leviathan', Mr. Milton Against Salmasius, H. Grotius 'De Jure Belli'

Appendix B: From George Lawson, An Examination of the Political Part of Mr. Hobbs His Leviathan

Appendix C: From William Lucy, Observations, Censures and Confutations of Notorious Errours in Mr. Hobbes His Leviathan

Appendix D: John Bramhall, The Hunting of Leviathan, or the White Whale

Appendix E: Thomas Tenison, The Creed of Mr. Hobbes Examined in a Feigned Conference between Him and a Student in Divinity

Appendix F: From Pufendorf, On the Law of Nature and of Nations, in Eight Books

Appendix G: From Edward Hyde, A Brief View and Survey of Mr. Hobbes His Leviathan

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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