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Hannah Dawson


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Thomas Hobbes was an English philosopher who was roiled by the bloodshed and turmoil of the English Civil War. During this period of ceaseless in-fighting, he wrote his masterpiece, Leviathan, which established the foundation for Western political thought. His work has inspired both hate and awe, as he reveals the darker side of human nature and the value of authority. Though he claims man's nature is inherently competitive and selfish, he also shows us how to utilize these traits to our advantage to flourish, be fearless, and free.

Praise For Hobbes

There is a good deal to be learned from these
little primers.

The School of Life offers radical ways to help us raid the
treasure trove of human knowledge.

Thoroughly welcoming and approachable. If the six books in
The School of Life can teach even a few readers to pay passionate heed to the
world—to notice things—they will have been an unquestionable success.
— John Banville

Pegasus Books, 9781605988061, 120pp.

Publication Date: July 15, 2015

About the Author

Hannah Dawson is a senior lecturer in the History of Ideas at the New College of the Humanities, London.