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Published: 20 November 2018

354 Pages


ISBN: 9780198829690

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Philosophy, Rhetoric, and Thomas Hobbes

Timothy Raylor

  • New reading of Hobbes's intellectual development based on little-used manuscript and printed sources
  • Offers a detailed study of his tutoring and the writings of tutee, William, second earl of Devonshire
  • Gives a full account of Hobbes's little-read poem on the Peak District (De mirabilibus pecci)
  • Presents his early interest in natural philosophy and the Aristotelian and Baconian influences
  • First integrated discussion of Hobbes's Latin Digest and English version of Aristotle's Rhetoric
  • Provides a new account of his development of his theory of philosophy and his distinction of it from rhetoric
  • Reexamination of Hobbes's critique of and use of rhetoric in Leviathan