Title Leviathan, 2/e (Norton Critical Edition)
Author Thomas Hobbes
ISBN 9780393623710
List price USD 15.95
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Binding Paperback
No of pages 664
Book size 134 x 216 mm
Publishing year 2020
Original publisher W. W. Norton & Company
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Status New Arrival
About the book


“This new Norton Critical Edition of Hobbes’s Leviathan combines the full text of Hobbes’s masterpiece with a generous choice of background materials that allow the reader to put this central work in political philosophy into context. Included here are Hobbes’s own comments on his intellectual development, as well as reactions from his contemporaries and from later readers to his bold and still controversial views, ending with a wise and judicious selection from the vast current literature. This excellent volume will help both the student and the general reader to understand and appreciate Hobbes’s continued significance for political thought.”

—DANIEL GARBER, Princeton University


This Norton Critical Edition includes:

  • The complete text of Leviathan, one of the most important works of political philosophy ever written, carefully—and faithfully—edited for 21st-century readers. Spelling and punctuation have been thoughtfully modernized, and all archaic terms have been footnoted. The result is the most accessible edition of Leviathan available.
  • Essential background material, including Pierre Bayle’s biographical assessment, Hobbes’s response to criticism of Leviathan, and a selection of key critiques.
  • Six major critical interpretations by Kinch Hoekstra, Eleanor Curran, Teresa M. Bejan, Quentin Skinner, Arash Abizadeh, and Jane S. Jacquette.
  • A select glossary of words, a select glossary of proper names, a bibliography, and a note on the text.


About the Series

Read by more than 12 million students over fifty-five years, Norton Critical Editions set the standard for apparatus that is right for undergraduate readers. The three-part format—annotated text, contexts, and criticism—helps students to better understand, analyze, and appreciate the literature, while opening a wide range of teaching possibilities for instructors. Whether in print or in digital format, Norton Critical Editions provide all the resources students need.


A Guide for Readers


The Text of Leviathan


Backgrounds and Sources


Thomas Hobbes • [Autobiography in Verse)

John Aubrey • From The Life of Mr. Thomas Hobbes, of Malmesburie

Pierre Bayle • From the Dictionary Historical and Critical of Mr. Peter Bayle


Thomas Hobbes • From Mr. Hobbes Considered in his Loyalty, Religion, Reputation, and Manners • From Six Lessons to the Professors of Mathematics


Sir Robert Filmer • Observations on Mr. Hobbes’s Leviathan

James Harrington • From The Prerogative of Popular Government

Bishop Bramhall • From The Catching of Leviathan

Edward Hyde • From A Brief View and Survey of the Dangerous and Pernicious Errors to Church and state in ... Leviathan

Baron de Montesquieu • From The Spirit of the Laws

Jean-Jacques Rousseau • From On the Social Contract

Henry Sidgwick • Hobbes [From Outlines of the History of Ethics]



Kinch Hoekstra • From Hobbesian Equality

Jane S. Jaquette • Defending Liberal Feminism: Insights from Hobbes

Eleanor Curran • From Blinded by the Light of Hohfeld: Hobbes’s “Notion of Liberty”

Teresa M. Bejan • From Teaching the Leviathan: Thomas Hobbes on Education

Quentin Skinner • From Hobbes on Representation

Arash Abizadeh • From Hobbes’s Conventionalist



Select Glossary of Words

Select Glossary of Proper Names

Select Bibliography

A Note on the Text


About the Editor:

David Johnston teaches political philosophy at Columbia University, where he has served as Nell and Herbert M. Singer Professor of Contemporary Civilization and Joseph Straus Professor of Political Philosophy. He is the author of A Brief History of Justice, The Idea of a Liberal Theory, and The Rhetoric of Leviathan: Thomas Hobbes and the Politics of Cultural Transformation, and is the editor of a collection of readings entitled Equality and coeditor of Machiavelli on Liberty and Conflict.

Target Audience:

Students and academicians of English Literature.


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