Leviathan

From the Series First Avenue Classics ™

  • Interest Level: Grade 7 - Grade 12   ·  
  • Reading Level: Grade 11

During the upheaval of the English Civil War in the seventeenth century, political philosopher Thomas Hobbes composed his masterwork, Leviathan. It was first published in 1651, between the trial and execution of King Charles I and the creation of the Commonwealth of England under Oliver Cromwell. In his book, Hobbes argued that a strong and undivided central government was necessary to maintain societal order. By accepting the rule of a sovereign authority figure—which Hobbes called the “Leviathan” after the biblical sea monster—humans could avoid being ruled instead by self-interest and fear, and so escape humankind’s natural state of war and violence. This is an unabridged version of Hobbes’s most famous philosophical text, which established social contract theory and remained influential in political philosophy for centuries.

Format List Price Your Price Qty
978-1-51248-619-3
$19.99 $14.99
Interest Level Grade 7 - Grade 12
Reading Level Grade 11
Genre Nonfiction, Young Adult
Publisher Lerner Publishing Group
Brand First Avenue Classics ™
Imprint First Avenue Editions ™
Language English
Publication Date 2018-01-01
BISACS POL010000, HIS015040, PHI019000
Dewey 320.1
Lexile 1130
Features Table of contents

Author: Thomas Hobbes