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Talking Wolves : Thomas Hobbes on the Language of Politics and the Politics of Language - Anat Biletzki

Talking Wolves

Thomas Hobbes on the Language of Politics and the Politics of Language

Hardcover Published: 30th April 1997
ISBN: 9780792344254
Number Of Pages: 212

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This work makes the point of relating Hobbes's views of language to his views on politics. Latter-day discussions of Thomas Hobbes's philosophy of language lag behind those of his political and moral philosophy; this book supports the claim that our understanding of both stands to profit from such an enterprise. A different of Hobbes on language is presented - namely, that Hobbes's theories of language are "pragmatic" in the modern sense of the word - language in use, language in action. Beyond the linguistic focus on Hobbes's works, this perspective is relevant and important for a new understanding of his political and moral studies. Various moral, social and political issues arise in conjunction with this novel view of language: rhetoric, religious interpretation, and the "science" of politics are working examples. Students and scholars of both political philosophy and the philosophy of language should find this study of interest.

Introductionp. 1
Languagep. 15
Human Voices: Semantics and Beyondp. 20
Use and Effect: Speech as Usep. 37
Speech Useful: A Theory of Language Usep. 57
The Language of Politicsp. 70
Conversation of Mankind: The Meaning of Moral Conceptsp. 77
Everyman's Will: Speech Actsp. 92
A Common Language: Natural, Social and Linguisticp. 112
The Politics of Languagep. 136
Policy Ecclesiasticall: Religious Interpretationp. 138
Eloquence Is Power: The Office of Rhetoricp. 154
Conclusionp. 178
Appendix: Pragmaticsp. 193
Bibliographyp. 199
Indexp. 208
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ISBN: 9780792344254
ISBN-10: 0792344251
Series: Mathematics and Its Applications
Audience: General
Format: Hardcover
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 212
Published: 30th April 1997
Publisher: Springer
Country of Publication: NL
Dimensions (cm): 23.39 x 15.6  x 1.42
Weight (kg): 0.51