OwlTail

Cover image of Leviathan, or The Matter, Forme and Power of a Common Wealth Ecclesiasticall and Civil by Thomas Hobbes

Leviathan, or The Matter, Forme and Power of a Common Wealth Ecclesiasticall and Civil by Thomas Hobbes

Books 1 and 2. Leviathan, or The Matter, Forme and Power of a Common Wealth Ecclesiasticall and Civil is a book written in 1651 by Thomas Hobbes. The book concerns the structure of society (as represented figuratively by the frontispiece, showing the state giant made up of individuals). In the book, Hobbes argues for a social contract and rule by a sovereign. Influenced by the English Civil War, Hobbes wrote that chaos or civil war – situations identified with a state of nature and the famous motto bellum omnium contra omnes (”the war of all against all”) – could only be averted by strong central government. He thus denied any right of rebellion toward the social contract. However, Hobbes did discuss the possible dissolution of the State. Since the social contract was made to institute a state that would provide for the “peace and defense” of the people, the contract would become void as soon as the government no longer protected its citizens. By virtue of this fact, man would automatically return to the state of nature until a new contract is made.

Popular episodes

All episodes

The best episodes ranked using user listens.

Podcast cover

12 – Of Religion

More great books at LoyalBooks.com

28mins

21 Dec 2021

Rank #1

Podcast cover

11 – Of the Difference of Manners

More great books at LoyalBooks.com

17mins

22 Dec 2021

Rank #2

Similar Podcasts

Podcast cover

10 – Of Power,Worth,Dignity, Honour and Worthiness

More great books at LoyalBooks.com

22mins

23 Dec 2021

Rank #3

Podcast cover

05 – Of Reason and Science

More great books at LoyalBooks.com

15mins

28 Dec 2021

Rank #4

Most Popular Podcasts

Podcast cover

06 – Of the Interior Beginnings of Voluntary Motions, Commonly Called the Passions; and the Speeches by Which They are Expressed

More great books at LoyalBooks.com

23mins

27 Dec 2021

Rank #5

Podcast cover

08 – Of the Virtues Commonly Called Intellectual; and their Contrary Defects

More great books at LoyalBooks.com

24mins

25 Dec 2021

Rank #6

Podcast cover

09 – Of the Several Subjects of Knowledge

More great books at LoyalBooks.com

5mins

24 Dec 2021

Rank #7

Podcast cover

07 – Of the Ends or Resolutions of Discourse

More great books at LoyalBooks.com

10mins

26 Dec 2021

Rank #8

Podcast cover

13 – Of the Natural Condition of Mankind as Concerning Their Felicity and Misery

More great books at LoyalBooks.com

14mins

20 Dec 2021

Rank #9

Podcast cover

14 – Of the First and Second Natural Laws, and of Contracts

More great books at LoyalBooks.com

33mins

19 Dec 2021

Rank #10

Podcast cover

15 – Of Other Laws of Nature

More great books at LoyalBooks.com

41mins

18 Dec 2021

Rank #11

Podcast cover

16 – Of Persons, Authors, and Things Personated

More great books at LoyalBooks.com

13mins

17 Dec 2021

Rank #12

Podcast cover

17 – Of the Causes, Generation, and Definition of a Commonwealth

More great books at LoyalBooks.com

10mins

16 Dec 2021

Rank #13

Podcast cover

18 – Of the Rights of Sovereigns by Institution

More great books at LoyalBooks.com

21mins

15 Dec 2021

Rank #14

Podcast cover

19 – Of the Several Kinds of Commonwealth by Institution, and of Succession to the Sovereign Power

More great books at LoyalBooks.com

24mins

14 Dec 2021

Rank #15