ISBN10: 1494240815 ISBN13: 9781494240813 Publisher: Createspace Indie Pub Platform Published: Nov 22 2013 Pages: 508 Height: 9.00" Width: 6.00" Depth: 1.15" Language: English
In Leviathan, Hobbes set out his doctrine of the foundation of states and legitimate governments - originating social contract theory. Leviathan was written during the English Civil War; much of the book is occupied with demonstrating the necessity of a strong central authority to avoid the evil of discord and civil war. Beginning from a mechanistic understanding of human beings and the passions, Hobbes postulates what life would be like without government, a condition which he calls the state of nature. In that state, each person would have a right, or license, to everything in the world. This, Hobbes argues, would lead to a "war of all against all" (bellum omnium contra omnes).