From the philosophersnet.com website:
When Thomas Hobbes died in 1679 at the age of 91 his reputation as an atheist in religion and an absolutist in politics not only rendered him highly disreputable but also served to shunt his political ideas into relative obscurity for the next three hundred years. He was undoubtedly ahead of his time and his contribution to political philosophy has only been fully recognised more recently in the huge range of scholarship devoted to his most enduring work, Leviathan (1651).
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