The Moral and Political Works of Thomas Hobbes of Malmesbury


Category: Philosophy/Politics

By Thomas Hobbes

Published in 1750

Reference #0164

Never Before Collected Together. To which is Prefixed, the Author’s Life, Extracted from that Said to be Written by Himself, as also from the Supplement to the Said Life by Dr. Blackbourne; and farther Illustrated by the Editor, with Historical and Critical Remarks on his Writings and Opinions.

PRODUCED A FERMENTATION OF ENGLISH THOUGHT UNSURPASSED UNTIL THE ADVENT OF DARWINISM. First collected edition, preceded only by a partial collection printed in Amsterdam in 1668. “Hobbes produced a fermentation in English thought unsurpassed until the advent of Darwinism… (He) was in truth a product of the great intellectual movement distinguished by such names as Bacon, Galileo, Kepler, Harvey, and Descartes…. His great achievement is his political philosophy.” Hobbes (1588-1679), “the most original political philosopher of his time,” profoundly influenced such later thinkers as Bentham and Spinoza. This collected edition includes his masterpiece, the Leviathan, in which he asserts his most famous doctrine: that life without adherence to commonly recognized moral laws is “nasty, brutish, and short.”