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The Essential Leviathan: A Modernized Edition; Nancy A. Stanlick, editor; Daniel P. Collette, Associate Editor; Hackett Publishing Company; 320 pages; Paper: $14.00 £11.99; Cloth: $42.00 £34.99.

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In an article for the Chronicle of Higher Education (September 8, 2014), Carlin Romano remarks that a sure way to ‘shut down interest’ in a classical work is to present it in original complicated prose, with its relevance to students’ own contemporary lives subsequently obscured. These are sentiments which Nancy Stanlick claims to share, and a problem she and her co-editor Daniel Collette propose to address in regards to Thomas Hobbes’ landmark work in political philosophy: Leviathan.

Stanlick insists that the Essential Leviathan is a translation of Hobbes’ work, due to the fact that

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