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In a world rife with willful chaos how can order be restored? Philosopher Thomas Hobbess answer composed amid the violence of the English Civil War revolutionized political thought His solution was a commonwealth or Leviathan a body politic ruled and protected by an absolute sovereign Its power would be dependent on the people to exchange their freedom for the security and order of a common law Only with this social contract Hobbes argued can civil peace be establishedA witty imaginative and eternally provocative philosophical bulwark Leviathan was burned upon publication for being seditious It remains one of the most influential and fundamental texts of social theory ever writtenRevised edition Previously published as Leviathan this edition of Leviathan Classics Edition includes editorial revisionsIn a world rife with willful chaos how can order be restored? Philosopher Thomas Hobbess answer composed amid the violence of the English Civil War revolutionized political thought His solution was a commonwealth or Leviathan a body politic ruled and protected by an absolute sovereign Its power would be dependent on the people to exchange their freedom for the security and order of a common law Only with this social contract Hobbes argued can civil peace be establishedA witty imaginative and eternally provocative philosophical bulwark Leviathan was burned upon publication for being seditious It remains one of the most influential and fundamental texts of social theory ever writtenRevised edition Previously published as Leviathan this edition of Leviathan Classics Edition includes editorial revisionsIn a world rife with willful chaos how can order be restored? Philosopher Thomas Hobbess answer composed amid the violence of the English Civil War revolutionized political thought His solution was a commonwealth or Leviathan a body politic ruled and protected by an absolute sovereign Its power would be dependent on the people to exchange their freedom for the security and order of a common law Only with this social contract Hobbes argued can civil peace be establishedA witty imaginative and eternally provocative philosophical bulwark Leviathan was burned upon publication for being seditious It remains one of the most influential and fundamental texts of social theory ever writtenRevised edition Previously published as Leviathan this edition of Leviathan Classics Edition includes editorial revisions