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Publication Date: 1750

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." #0164

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