Reason and Rhetoric in the Philosophy of Hobbes / Edition 1

Reason and Rhetoric in the Philosophy of Hobbes / Edition 1

by Quentin Skinner, Quentin Skinnner
     
 

ISBN-10: 0521596459

ISBN-13: 9780521596459

Pub. Date: 06/28/1997

Publisher: Cambridge University Press

This major work from Quentin Skinner presents a fundamental reappraisal of the political theory of Hobbes. Using, for the first time, the full range of manuscript as well as printed sources, it documents an entirely new view of Hobbes' intellectual development, and reexamines the shift from a humanist to a scientific culture in European moral and political thought.

Overview

This major work from Quentin Skinner presents a fundamental reappraisal of the political theory of Hobbes. Using, for the first time, the full range of manuscript as well as printed sources, it documents an entirely new view of Hobbes' intellectual development, and reexamines the shift from a humanist to a scientific culture in European moral and political thought. By examining Hobbes' philosophy against the background of his humanist education, Professor Skinner rescues this most difficult and challenging of political philosophers from the intellectual isolation in which he is so often discussed.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780521596459
Publisher:
Cambridge University Press
Publication date:
06/28/1997
Edition description:
Reprint
Pages:
496
Product dimensions:
5.98(w) x 8.98(h) x 1.10(d)

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments; Introduction; Part I. Classical Eloquenc e in Renaissance England: 1. The study of rhetoric; 2. The politics of eloquence; 3. The means of persuasion; 4. The techniques of redescription; 5. The uses of imagery; Part II. Hobbes and the Idea of a Civil Science: 6. Hobbes's early humanism; 7. Hobbes's rejection of eloquence; 8. Hobbes's science of politics; 9. Hobbes's reconsideration of eloquence; 10. Hobbes's practice of rhetoric; Conclusion: why did Hobbes change his mind?; Bibliography; Index.

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