Posted: September 1, 2012 in Category - Works of Influence, Leviathan (1651)

Thomas Hobbs was a British philosopher who wrote Leviathan in 1651. This book is one of the earliest examples of social contract in which our founders were very interested. Nevertheless, Leviathan is the antithesis of  John Locke’s Two Treatists of Government for it demanded society be ruled by an absolute sovereign because human beings were incapable of governing themselves. Hobbs is the poster-child for Statists.


  1. Jerry Brown says:

    Coincidence, I just bought a book today that include Leviathan in it! I will take Locke’s Second Treatesis notions of Natural Laws in a Social contract with Montesquieu’s separation of power.

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