The Rhetorics of Thomas Hobbes and Bernard Lamy by John T. Harwood

By John T. Harwood

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

 

Hobbes’ A Briefe of the paintings of Rhet­orique, the first English translation of Aristotle’s rhetoric, displays Hobbes’ experience of rhetoric as a imperative tool of self-defense in an more and more frac­tious Commonwealth. In its method of rhetoric, which Hobbes defines as “that college wherein wee comprehend what is going to serve our turne, referring to any topic, to winne beliefe within the hearer,” the Briefe looks ahead to Hobbes’ nice political works De Cive and Leviathan.

 

Published anonymously in France as De l’art de parler, Lamy’s rhetoric used to be translated instantly into English as The artwork of conversing. Lamy’s lengthy associa­tion with the Port Royalists made his works in particular beautiful to English readers simply because Port Royalists have been en­gaged in a vicious quarrel with the Jesuits over the last 1/2 the seventeenth century.

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By John T. Harwood

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

 

Hobbes’ A Briefe of the paintings of Rhet­orique, the first English translation of Aristotle’s rhetoric, displays Hobbes’ experience of rhetoric as a imperative tool of self-defense in an more and more frac­tious Commonwealth. In its method of rhetoric, which Hobbes defines as “that college wherein wee comprehend what is going to serve our turne, referring to any topic, to winne beliefe within the hearer,” the Briefe looks ahead to Hobbes’ nice political works De Cive and Leviathan.

 

Published anonymously in France as De l’art de parler, Lamy’s rhetoric used to be translated instantly into English as The artwork of conversing. Lamy’s lengthy associa­tion with the Port Royalists made his works in particular beautiful to English readers simply because Port Royalists have been en­gaged in a vicious quarrel with the Jesuits over the last 1/2 the seventeenth century.

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And to the Demonstrative, Praysing and Dispraysing. And their proper ends. To the Deliberative, to proove a thing Profitable, or Unprofitable. To the Judiciall, Just, or Unjust. To the Demonstrative, Honourable, or Dishonourable. The Principles of Rhetorique4 out of which Enthymemes are to be drawne; are the common opinions that men have concerning Profitable, and Unprofitable; Just, and Unjust, Honourable and Dishonourabie; which are the points in the severall kinds of Orations questionable. For as in Logicke, where certaine and infallible knowledge is th~ scope of our proofe, the Principles must be all infallible tmthes: so in Rhetorique the Principles must be common opinions, such as the Judge is already possessed with: because the end of Rhetorique is victory; which consists in having gotten beleefe.

21-22]). Aubrey recalls that Hobbes thought himself "a good Disputant" (p. 149), and so this parenthetic advice may simply reflect Hobbes's own experience both as participant and spectator. 29 Third, Hobbes adds a small number of illustrations not found in his source. 22) is not in Aristotle. 8), a text Hobbes uses to illustrate two kinds of sentences and so repeats three times in ten lines. The sentence is especially apt for the relationship of tutor and student. 26), though it is not surprising that a translator of Thucydides uses Greek history as Hobbes does.

Of those that do not easily pardon. And of those that are apt to reveal our faults; such as are men injured, backbiters, scoffers, comic poets. And of those before whom we have had always good successe. And of those who never asked anything of us before. And of such as desire our friendship. And of our familiars, that know none of our crimes. " By putting Hobbes's phrasal paragraphs into a single paragraph, Molesworth loses the visual and auditory appeal of the highly ornamental parallelism in this passage.

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