By Torrey Shanks
In Authority Figures, Torrey Shanks uncovers the fundamental yet principally unappreciated position of rhetoric in John Locke’s political and philosophical idea. Locke’s famous hostility to rhetoric has obscured an immense debt to figural and creative language. the following, Shanks strains the shut ties among rhetoric and adventure as they shape the foundation for a idea and perform of judgment on the middle of Locke’s paintings. Rhetoric and event come jointly, for Locke, to reorient readers’ relation to the earlier so as to open up substitute political futures. spotting this debt units the degree for a brand new knowing of the Two Treatises of Government, during which the fabric and inventive strength of language is critical for political critique.
Authority Figures attracts jointly political conception and philosophy, the background of technology and of rhetoric, and philosophy of language and literary idea to supply an interpretation of Locke’s political idea that exhibits the continued value of rhetoric for brand new modes of critique within the 17th century. Locke’s inspiration bargains up insights for rethinking the connection of rhetoric and adventure to political critique, in addition to the intersections of language and materialism.
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Authority Figures: Rhetoric and Experience in John Locke's Political Thought by Torrey Shanks