Philosophy Index

Thomas Hobbes


(or The Matter, Form, & Power of a Common-wealth Ecclesiastical and Civil)

By Thomas Hobbes of Malmesbury, 1651


The First Part — Of Man

The Second Part — Of Common-wealth

The Third Part — Of a Christian Common-wealth

The Fourth Part — Of the Kingdome of Darknesse


Leviathan by Thomas Hobbes.
Printed for Andrew Crooke, at the Green Dragon in St. Paul's Churchyard, 1651.

Editor's Comments

Arguably the greatest peice of political philosophy ever written in English, Hobbes' Leviathan explains his view of humanity. He professes that humans are naturally selfish, competetive animals and live out their "nasty, brutish, and short" lives propelled by desire and restrained only by fear.