Related Overviews

Aristotle (384—322 bc)


'Leviathan' can also refer to...


More Like This

Show all results sharing this subject:

  • Literature


Quick Reference


was the masterpiece on political philosophy written by Thomas Hobbes to justify absolute sovereignty. Hobbes held that the greatest threat to human security was the anarchy of the ‘State of Nature’, and that to avoid that horrific condition, where life was ‘solitary, poor, nasty, brutish, and short’, men must contract to establish a sovereign power with sufficient authority to enforce laws and maintain order.

Subjects: Literature.

Reference entries

See all related reference entries in Oxford Index »


Thomas Hobbes (1588—1679) philosopher