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Leviathan after 350 Years$
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Tom Sorell and Luc Foisneau

Print publication date: 2004

Print ISBN-13: 9780199264612

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: September 2010

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199264612.001.0001

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The Uniqueness of Leviathan: Authorizing Poets, Philosophers, and Sovereigns

The Uniqueness of Leviathan: Authorizing Poets, Philosophers, and Sovereigns

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(p.75) The Uniqueness of Leviathan: Authorizing Poets, Philosophers, and Sovereigns
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Leviathan after 350 Years
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Ted H. Miller

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199264612.003.0004

This chapter reinterprets the significance assigned to two of the aforementioned elements that most interpreters already agree make Leviathan unique: the addition of a doctrine of authorization and the work's rhetorical characteristics. These make their appearance in Leviathan for a set of reasons different from those thus far suggested in the Hobbes literature. Making this argument will require as much attention to the circumstances of Leviathan's composition as to these features of the text itself.

Keywords:   Hobbes, Leviathan, authorization, rhetoric

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