Leviathan Unleashed: A Summary of Hobbes’ Magnum Opus

A Summary of Hobbes' Magnum Opus

Leviathan is a famous political treatise by Thomas Hobbes, published in 1651. It argues that the best way to maintain peace and social order is by establishing a commonwealth through a social contract, in which people give up some of their natural rights and freedoms to a sovereign authority that has absolute power to protect and govern them. Hobbes uses the image of a giant human made of smaller humans, called the Leviathan, to represent this idea.

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