Institutio Oratoria: Bacon, Descartes, Hobbes, Spinoza

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BRILL, 2009 - History - 539 pages
Rhetoric as Propaedeutics to Philosophy a " this is the upshot of the present study on philological aspects in the life and works of Francis Bacon, Thomas Hobbes, RenA(c) Descartes and Baruch de Spinoza. Against the backdrop of a general historical setting the book provides a detailed account of the different educational paths of the four philosophers as well as their attempts to continue rhetorical training during adulthood. Additional chapters on preferred language(s), reading habits, didactic aims and writing strategies produce further evidence for the hypothesis of a lifelong occupation with the classical art of argument and persuasion. It thus emerges that Rhetoric retains its relevance for the making of a philosopher in the Seventeenth century even among reformist and rationalist movements that are commonly portrayed as hostile to the classical tradition.
 

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Contents

Eingangssynchronopse 15611679
9
Institutio oratoria
85
Méprise und Wertschätzung von Rhetorik
137
Stilpaten Philologenfreunde
223
Bilingualismus
261
Lektüre
341
Dichtung
379
Pädagogik
419
Schreibmethode
459
Schlußwort
517
Index
537
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Jan Rothkamm is teaching fellow in Rhetoric at the University of Tübingen. He holds degrees from the Humboldt University Berlin and the University of Cambridge. He is preparing a related volume on metaphorical speech in Early Modern Philosophy.

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