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Leviathan (Books I and II)

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Download III - Of the Consequence or Train of Imaginations audio
Download V - Of Reason and Science audio
Download VI - Of the Interior Beginnings of Voluntary Motions, Commonly Called the Passions; and the Speeches by Which They are Expressed audio
Download VII - Of the Ends or Resolutions of Discourse audio
Download VIII - Of the Virtues Commonly Called Intellectual; and Their Contrary Defects audio
Download IX - Of the Several Subjects of Knowledge audio
Download X - Of Power, Worth, Dignity, Honour and Worthiness audio
Download XI - Of the Difference of Manners audio
Download XIII - Of the Natural Condition of Mankind as Concerning Their Felicity and Misery audio
Download XIV - Of the First and Second Natural Laws, and of Contracts audio
Download XV - Of Other Laws of Nature audio
Download XVI - Of Persons, Authors, and Things Personated audio
Download XVII - Of the Causes, Generation, and Definition of a Commonwealth audio
Download XVIII - Of the Rights of Sovereigns by Institution audio
Download XIX - Of the Several Kinds of Commonwealth by Institution, and of Succession to the Sovereign Power audio
Download XX - Of Dominion Paternal and Despotical audio
Download XXI - Of the Liberty of Subjects audio
Download XXII - Of Systems Subject, Political and Private audio
Download XXIII - Of the Public Ministers of Sovereign Power audio
Download XXIV - Of the Nutrition and Procreation of a Commonwealth audio
Download XXVI - Of Civil Laws audio
Download XXVII - Of Crimes, Excuses, and Extenuations audio
Download XXVIII - Of Punishments and Rewards audio
Download XXIX - Of Those Things that Weaken or Tend to the Dissolution of a Commonwealth audio
Download XXX - Of the Office of the Sovereign Representative audio
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Leviathan, or The Matter, Forme and Power of a Common Wealth Ecclesiasticall and Civil, commonly called Leviathan, is a book written in 1651 by Thomas Hobbes. It is titled after the biblical Leviathan. The book concerns the structure of society (as represented figuratively by the frontispiece, showing the state giant made up of individuals), as is evidenced by the full title. In the book, Thomas Hobbes argues for a social contract and rule by a sovereign. Influenced by the English Civil War, Hobbes wrote that chaos or civil war - situations identified with a state of nature and the famous motto Bellum omnium contra omnes ("the war of all against all") - could only be averted by strong central government. He thus denied any right of rebellion toward the social contract. However, Hobbes did discuss the possible dissolution of the State. Since the social contract was made to institute a state that would provide for the "peace and defense" of the people, the contract would become void as soon as the government no longer protected its citizens. By virtue of this fact, man would automatically return to the state of nature until a new contract is made. Summary from Wikipedia.

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