This introductory chapter begins with a brief description of the book, which brings together contributions from some of the most distinguished Hobbes scholars, and some promising newcomers. It is divided into three sections. The first considers how Leviathan stands among Hobbes's political treatises, and whether it deserves its undoubted pre-eminence. The second section explores various connections in Leviathan between the human passions and politics, including the ways in which sovereignty and subjection are responses to problems posed by the passions. And the third section takes up selected questions about the treatment in Leviathan of theology and religion. An overview of the subsequent chapters is presented.
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