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Thomas Hobbes

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Leviathan | A Review, and Conclusion | Summary



To facilitate understanding, Thomas Hobbes includes an abbreviated version of the entire book in "A Review, and Conclusion." After reviewing his main points and giving some additional notes on his text, Hobbes concludes Leviathan with confidence, stating, "There is nothing in this ... discourse ... contrary either to the word of God, or to good manners; or to the disturbance of the public tranquility."


Readers can deduce that Thomas Hobbes's intended purpose was to create an unbiased, scientific discourse relevant to the events of the day. He does this "to set before men's eyes the ... relation between protection and obedience; of which the condition of human nature, and the laws divine, require an inviolable observation." Its scientific approach, he believed, would depoliticize it enough to be enlightening for all people. It is hard to imagine any text about governmental structure published in the midst of a civil war could be received with the kind of neutrality Hobbes claims. However, he is faithful to his declared method of operation. He strives dutifully to remain an objective and reasoned observer of all he describes regarding human behavior and the commonwealth.

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