Originally published in 1991. This book explicitly examines rhetoric as the art of persuasion in the practical world, and as in the expression of thinking in the language a speaker uses. It presents Leviathan in terms of the philosophical character of the work considered through Hobbes’ use of language to express and organise his thought. Throughout, the nature of the relationship between rhetoric and philosophy is discussed and the problems of language in philosophical understanding. The book is concerned with Hobbes’ political philosophy and his views on figurative language, interest in literary theory and particularly his allegory. A special feature is the chapter on engraved title pages in Leviathan and other texts of the era.
Preface 1. The Notion of Rhetoric 2. Figurative Language in Philosophical Understanding 3. Hobbes on Language and Rhetoric 5. Hobbes and the Engraved Title-Page of Leviathan 6. Hobbes and Hooker 7. Allegory and Philosophy in Leviathan 8. Conclusion. Illustrations: Examples of Seventeenth-Century Engraved Title-Pages
Reissuing works originally published between 1927 and 1992, this collection offers excellent scholarship on Spinoza, Hobbes, Locke, Leibniz and other philosophers, covering a wide array of subjects. Political theory, ethics and education are all represented in these volumes, with one book particularly focusing on the Soviet interpretation of Spinoza’s thought. The last two texts are translations of Spinoza’s correspondence and his oldest biography. This is a comprehensive collection for a philosophy library.