Philosophy and Rhetoric 53 (4):477-481 (2020)

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In Reason and Rhetoric in the Philosophy of Hobbes, Quentin Skinner argued, first, that Thomas Hobbes’s philosophy is best understood when placed within the context of the study of rhetoric in Early Modern England and, second, that Hobbes’s attitude toward rhetoric changed in the course of his career: that he passed from a period in which he embraced civic humanism, with its emphasis on rhetoric to one of adamantly rejecting rhetoric in the late 1630s and 1640s, only to reembrace rhetoric in his Leviathan. In his Philosophy, Rhetoric, and Thomas Hobbes, Timothy Raylor challenges Skinner’s influential thesis, arguing for more continuity in Hobbes’s attitude toward...
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