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From Humanism to Hobbes: Studies in Rhetoric and Politics

by Quentin Skinner

ISBN: 9781107569362 / 1107569362

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The aim of this collection is to illustrate the pervasive influence of humanist rhetoric on early-modern literature and philosophy. The first half of the book focuses on the classical rules of judicial rhetoric. One chapter considers the place of these rules in Shakespeare's The Merchant of Venice, while two others concentrate on the technique of rhetorical redescription, pointing to its use in Machiavelli's The Prince as well as in several of Shakespeare's plays, notably Coriolanus. The second half of the book examines the humanist background to the philosophy of Thomas Hobbes. A major new essay discusses his typically humanist preoccupation with the visual presentation of his political ideas, while other chapters explore the rhetorical sources of his theory of persons and personation, thereby offering new insights into his views about citizenship, political representation, rights and obligations and the concept of the state.

ISBN 13 978-11-07569-36-2
ISBN 10 1-107-56936-2
ASIN 1107569362
  • 9781107569362
Amazon Sales Rank 940,376
Main Category Paperback
Group Book
Publisher Cambridge University Press
Studio Cambridge University Press
Manufacturer Cambridge University Press
Manufacturer Part Number 49051078
Part Number 49051078
Count Per Package 1
Dimensions 5.98 x 0.79 x 8.98 inches.
Package Dimensions 8.9 x 6.0 x 0.9 inches. 1.46 pounds
Language(s) English (Published)
English (Original Language)
English (Unknown)
Adult Product? No

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