Reason and Rhetoric in the Philosophy of Hobbes

Reason and Rhetoric in the Philosophy of Hobbes

by Quentin Skinner
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Cambridge University Press

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Reason and Rhetoric in the Philosophy of Hobbes

This major new 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's intellectual development, and re-examines the shift from a humanist to a scientific culture in European moral and political thought. By examining Hobbes's 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.

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ISBN-13: 9780521554367
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Publication date: 02/23/1996
Pages: 494
Product dimensions: 5.98(w) x 8.98(h) x 1.26(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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