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Thomas Hobbes is a great philosopher and one of the founders of the modern system of political philosophy. He is in the row with the greatest thinkers as Isaac Newton, John Locke, Immanuel Kant, Francis Bacon, and Jean Rousseau. Their collected thoughts has had strong influence on building the foundation of the United States and its endeavor of open society.
In 1651, Hobbes published Leviathan that it is regarded as one of the earliest and most influential works to lay out the foundation of social contract theory for Western political philosophy. He declared the structure of society and legitimate government in the book. Hobbes also argued the need for a social contract and rule by an absolute sovereign. Since Hobbes wrote this book during English civil war from 1642-1651, he further argued that civil war of all against all could only be stopped through a peaceful course by a strong undivided government.
Thomas Hobbes expressed the last words with a great pride and optimism to our future "A great leap in the dark" in his final moments of life. He is forever remembered as essential enabler, reformer, and contributor for that great leap in the dark. His work has produced great influence on modern political philosophy. His view became widely recognised as the foremost philosophical voice and his influence has been felt in nearly every field of the humanities and social sciences.
This book is one of the most important ones about political philosophy by Thomas Hobbes, one of the greatest thinkers of modern philosophy on the planet.