The Rhetorics of Thomas Hobbes and Bernard Lamy

The Rhetorics of Thomas Hobbes and Bernard Lamy

by John T. Harwood

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Makes accessible to modern readers the 17th-century rhetorics of Thomas Hob­bes (1588–1677) and Bernard Lamy (1640–1715)

Hobbes’ A Briefe of the Art of Rhet­orique, the first English translation of Aristotle’s rhetoric, reflects Hobbes’ sense of rhetoric as a central instrument of self-defense in an increasingly frac­tious Commonwealth. In its approach to rhetoric, which Hobbes defines as “that Faculty by which wee understand what will serve our turne, concerning any subject, to winne beliefe in the hearer,” the Briefe looks forward to Hobbes’ great political works De Cive and Leviathan.

Published anonymously in France as De l’art de parler, Lamy’s rhetoric was translated immediately into English as The Art of Speaking. Lamy’s long associa­tion with the Port Royalists made his works especially attractive to English readers because Port Royalists were en­gaged in a vicious quarrel with the Jesuits during the last half of the 17th century.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780809386826
Publisher: Southern Illinois University Press
Publication date: 03/10/2009
Series: Landmarks in Rhetoric and Public Address
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 424
File size: 752 KB

About the Author

John T. Harwood is Professor of English at The Pennsylvania State University.

Table of Contents

Cover Also in this series Book Title Copyright Page Contents Preface Note on the Texts Thomas Hobbes's A Briefe of the Art of Rhetorique Introduction A Briefe of the Art of Rhetorique Hobbes's Table of Contents Book 1 Book 2 Book 3 Bernard Lamy's The Art of Speaking Introduction The Art of Speaking Lamy's Table of Contents The Preface Part 1 Part 2 Part 3 Part 4 A Discourse, in which is given an Idea of the Art of Persuasion Index to A Brief of the Art of Rhetorique Index to The Art of Speaking Author Bio Back Cover

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