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Leviathan (Books I and II)

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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. (11 hr 33 min)




Read by Carl Manchester

I - Of Sense


Read by Carl Manchester

II - Of Imagination


Read by Carl Manchester

III - Of the Consequence or Train of Imaginations


Read by Carl Manchester

IV - Of Speech


Read by hugh mac

V - Of Reason and Science


Read by Anna Simon

VI - Of the Interior Beginnings of Voluntary Motions, Commonly Called the Passi…


Read by Sibella Denton

VII - Of the Ends or Resolutions of Discourse


Read by Gesine

VIII - Of the Virtues Commonly Called Intellectual; and Their Contrary Defects


Read by Darren L. Slider

IX - Of the Several Subjects of Knowledge


Read by Carl Manchester

X - Of Power, Worth, Dignity, Honour and Worthiness


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XI - Of the Difference of Manners


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XII - Of Religion


Read by Leon Mire

XIII - Of the Natural Condition of Mankind as Concerning Their Felicity and Mis…


Read by D.E. Wittkower

XIV - Of the First and Second Natural Laws, and of Contracts


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XV - Of Other Laws of Nature


Read by D.E. Wittkower

XVI - Of Persons, Authors, and Things Personated


Read by D.E. Wittkower

XVII - Of the Causes, Generation, and Definition of a Commonwealth


Read by Anna Simon

XVIII - Of the Rights of Sovereigns by Institution


Read by Anna Simon

XIX - Of the Several Kinds of Commonwealth by Institution, and of Succession to…


Read by Anna Simon

XX - Of Dominion Paternal and Despotical


Read by Nikki Sullivan

XXI - Of the Liberty of Subjects


Read by Kirsten Ferreri

XXII - Of Systems Subject, Political and Private


Read by Leon Mire

XXIII - Of the Public Ministers of Sovereign Power


Read by Arouet

XXIV - Of the Nutrition and Procreation of a Commonwealth


Read by Anna Simon

XXV - Of Counsel


Read by Anna Simon

XXVI - Of Civil Laws


Read by Sibella Denton

XXVII - Of Crimes, Excuses, and Extenuations


Read by Smokey B.

XXVIII - Of Punishments and Rewards


Read by Ransom

XXIX - Of Those Things that Weaken or Tend to the Dissolution of a Commonwealth


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XXX - Of the Office of the Sovereign Representative


Read by Nicholas James Bridgewater

XXXI - Of the Kingdom of God by Nature


Read by Leon Mire


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it makes you think a great deal about the current government in which one is subject.

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