Monday, November 16, 2009
Thomas Hobbes’s Leviathan
Image: Title page of the first edition of Leviathan (1660).
Very few people have ever read Thomas Hobbes’s Leviathan and the majority of Americans have never heard of Thomas Hobbes or his book Leviathan. And yet, as the editors of The New York Times wrote in a recent article, “Leviathan is arguably the most influential work of Western political thought, and one of the most analyzed..”
Although Leviathan was written in 1660, the translation of Hobbes’s book into Hebrew was published for the first time last month.
To celebrate this monumental occasion, The New York Times has invited five scholars to comment on the significance of Hobbes’s book and what modern readers can learn from a book that was written in 1660.
Follow the links below to read the significance of Leviathan and Hobbes’s views on religion.
Yoram Hazony, Shalem Center
Stephen Darwall, Yale professor of philosophy
Rebecca Goldstein, author of Betraying Spinoza
Fania Oz-Salzberger, historian of ideas
Menachem Lorberbaum, Tel Aviv University
Professor of Old Testament
Northern Baptist Seminary
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