Philosophy, Rhetoric, and Thomas Hobbes (Hardback)Timothy Raylor (author)
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Publisher: Oxford University Press
Number of pages: 354
Weight: 688 g
Dimensions: 241 x 164 x 27 mm
an important and scrupulous account of Hobbes's attitudes to rhetoric. * Times Literary Supplement *
Raylor's book does an outstanding job of redefining the paradigms within which Hobbes developed his oeuvre. Paradoxically, one stimulating effect of that is to prompt one to wonder anew just what features of this most self-conscious writer's thinking nevertheless continued to go unsaid, escaping the Apostle of Malmesbury's aspiration to render philosophy as such, and his own philosophy in particular, perspicuous to himself and his readers alike. * Christopher Tilmouth, The Seventeenth Century *
Philosophy, Rhetoric, and Thomas Hobbes substantially deepens our knowledge of Hobbes's lifelong engagement with rhetoric. Its fine scholarship enriches the ground over which scholars will continue to disagree. * Torrey Shanks, Rhetorica *
Timothy Raylor's Philosophy, Rhetoric, and Thomas Hobbes is a fascinating book. Based on in-depth knowledge of both published and unpublished sources and careful analyses of writings Hobbes composed or translated, or with which he was otherwise associated in the years before 1640, the book is full of interesting insights and arguments... scholars of Hobbes have much to learn from this book... Raylor's book is a valuable contribution to the literature on Hobbes. * David Johnston, Department of Political Science, Columbia University, New York, Hobbes Studies *
Raylor's book contains excellent discussions of several understudied texts by Hobbes such as the Thucydides translation, Hobbes's Digest and Briefe of Aristotle's Rhetoric, and the Latin poem on the Peak District, in addition to analyses of the well-known political works...In each chapter of this superb study Raylor has new things to say, and though several elements of his reconstruction will be familiar to the Hobbes scholar, the overall picture he draws, based on a vast reading also of the secondary literature, is a comprehensive, important, and impressive contribution to Hobbes scholarship. * Lodi Nauta, Rijksuniversiteit Groningen, Renaissance Quarterly *
lucidly expressed, and impressively researched ... a fascinating and important book, which contains much material on Hobbes and his associates and on their ideas about rhetoric and philosophy, and which is certain to stimulate further debate. * Johann Sommerville, Journal of British Studies *
Timothy Raylor's book constitutes a major advance in understanding Thomas Hobbes's thought in several dimensions: of course, in philosophy and rhetoric, as his title indicates, but also in Hobbes's views of history, science, and civic humanism. Raylor's scholarship is of the highest order; and his judgment about texts, Hobbes's and others', is acute. His book should be as important to historians of philosophy as to rhetoricians and intellectual historians. . . . Raylor's knowledge is continentally broad and oceanically deep. * A. P Martinich, Journal of the History of Philosophy *
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