The sense of smell: Morality and rhetoric in the bramhall-Hobbes controversy

Sophia 43 (2):49-61 (2004)
Abstract
Olfactoric imagery is abundantly employed in the Bramhall-Hobbes controversy. I survey some examples and then turn to the possible significance of this. I argue that by forcing Hobbes into the figurative exchange Bramhall scores points in terms of moving the controversy into ground that is not covered by the limited view of rationality that Hobbes is committed to according to his rhetoric (at least as Bramhall perceives it). Bramhall clearly wants to move from cool argument to a more affluent rhetorical appeal. I argue that choosing such a richer epistemology coheres with Bramhall
Keywords Ethics  Morality  Smell  Bramhall, J  Hobbes
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