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- Full Title: Leviathan, or The Matter, Forme, and Power of a Common-wealth, Ecclesiasticall and Civill
- When Written: 1651
- Where Written: Paris, France
- When Published: 1651
- Literary Period: English Renaissance
- Genre: Political Philosophy
- Point of View: First Person
Extra Credit for Leviathan
Impressive Résumé. Early in Hobbes’s career, before he began writing his own philosophy, he worked as an amanuensis (someone who copies the dictated words of another) for Francis Bacon, a respected English philosopher who is credited with the development of the scientific method.
In Good Company. In 1636, Hobbes met Galileo Galilei, an Italian astronomer, physicist, and philosopher who was under house arrest in Florence for heresy during the Holy Inquisition.