Authority Figures: Rhetoric and Experience in John Locke's by Torrey Shanks

By Torrey Shanks

In Authority Figures, Torrey Shanks uncovers the fundamental yet principally unappreciated position of rhetoric in John Locke’s political and philosophical inspiration. Locke’s recognized hostility to rhetoric has obscured a major debt to figural and artistic language. the following, Shanks lines the shut ties among rhetoric and adventure as they shape the root for a concept and perform of judgment on the middle of Locke’s paintings. Rhetoric and adventure come jointly, for Locke, to reorient readers’ relation to the previous so as to open up substitute political futures. spotting this debt units the level for a brand new knowing of the Two Treatises of Government, within which the fabric and inventive strength of language is important for political critique.

Authority Figures attracts jointly political concept and philosophy, the heritage of technology and of rhetoric, and philosophy of language and literary idea to provide an interpretation of Locke’s political suggestion that indicates the continuing significance of rhetoric for brand spanking new modes of critique within the 17th century. Locke’s suggestion bargains up insights for rethinking the connection of rhetoric and event to political critique, in addition to the intersections of language and materialism.

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