The Languages of Political Theory in Early-Modern Europe (Ideas in Context)

  • Publish Date: 1990-07-27
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This study of the widely influential concept of a political language a discourse composed of shared vocabularies idioms and rhetorical strategies brings together 15 essays by a group of international scholars on the four dominant languages in use in Europe between the end of the 14th and the beginning of the 19th century They are the language of political Aristotelianism and the natural law the language of classical republicanism the language of commerce and the commercial society and the language of a science of politics In his introduction Anthony Pagden draws together a synoptic history of political discourse which shows how the central concerns of political theory developed during this period This volume studies the concept of a political language of a discourse composed of shared vocabularies idioms and rhetorical strategies which has been widely influential on recent work in the history of political thought The collection brings together a number of essays by a distinguished group of international scholars on the four dominant languages in use in Europe between the end of the fourteenth and the beginning of the nineteenth century They are the language of political Aristotelianism and the natural law the language of classical republicanism the language of commerce and the commercial society and the language of a science of politics Each author has chosen a single aspect of his or her language sometimes the work of a single author in one case the history of a single team and shown how it determined the shape and development of that language and the extent to which each language was a response to the challenge of other modes of discourse This volume studies the concept of a political language of a discourse composed of shared vocabularies idioms and rhetorical strategies which has been widely influential on recent work in the history of political thought The collection brings together a number of essays by a distinguished grou



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