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A BRIEF

OF THE

ART OF RHETORICK;

Containing in substance all that Aristotle hath written in his three books on that subject.

BY

THOMAS HOBBES.

of Malmsbury


This is a linked index


Book I.

 1. That Rhetorick is an Art consisting not only in moving the Passions of the Judge; but chiefly in Proofs. And that this Art is Profitable.

 2. The Definition of Rhetorick.

 3. Of the several kinds of Orations: and of the Principles of Rhetorick.

 4. Of the Subject of Deliberatives: and the Abilities that are required of him that will deliberate of Business of State.

 5. Of the Ends which the Orator in Deliberatives, propoundeth, whereby to exhort, or dehort.

 6. Of the Colours or common Opinions concerning Good and Evil.

 7. Of the Colours, or common Opinions concerning Good and Evil, comparatively.

 8. Of the several Kinds of Governments.

 9. Of the Colours of Honourable and Dishonourable.

10. Of Accusation and Defence, with the Definition of Injury.

11. Of the Colours, or Common Opinions concerning Pleasure.

12. Presumptions of Injury drawn from the Persons that do it: or Common Opinions concerning the Aptitude of Persons to do Injury.

13. Presumptions of Injury drawn from the Persons that suffer, and from the Matter of the Injury.

14. Of those Things which are necessary to be Known for the Definition of Just and Unjust.

15. Of the Colours or Common Opinions concerning Injuries comparatively.

16. Of Proofs Inartificial.



Book II.

 1. The Introduction.

 2. Of Anger.

 3. Of Reconciling, or Pacifying Anger.

 4. Of Love and Friends.

 5. Of Enmity and Hatred.

 6. Of Fear.

 7. Of Assurance.

 8. Of Shame.

 9. Of Grace, or Favour.

10. Of Pity, or Compassion.

11. Of Indignation.

12. Of Envy.

13. Of Emulation.

14. Of the Manners of Youth.

15. Of the Manners of Old Men.

16. Of the Manners of Middle-aged Men.

17. Of the Manners of the Nobility.

18. Of the Manners of the Rich.

19. Of the Manners of Men in Power, and of such as prosper.

20. Common Places or Principles concerning what May be Done, what Has been Done, and what Shall be Done; or of Fact Possible, Past, and Future. Also of Great and Little.

21. Of Example, Similitude, and Fables.

22. Of a Sentence.

23. Of the Invention of Enthymemes.

24. Of the Places of Enthymemes Ostensive.

25. Of the Places of Enthymemes that lead to Impossibility.

26. Of the Places of seeming Enthymemes.

27. Of the Wayes to answer the Arguments of the Adversary.

28. Amplification and Extenuation are not Common Places. Enthymemes by which arguments are answered, are the same with those by which the Matter in question is proved, or disproved. Objections are not Enthymemes.



Book III.

Note: In Book III, Hobbes omits Aristotle's 8th chapter on "Rhythm." The number of each subsequent chapter is thus one less than the corresponding chapter in Aristotle's Art of Rhetoric.


 1. Of the Original of Elocution and Pronuntiation.

 2. Of the Choice of Words and Epithets.

 3. Of the Things that make an Oration Flat.

 4. Of a Similitude.

 5. Of the Purity of Language.

 6. Of the Amplitude and Tenuity of Language.

 7. Of the Convenience or Decency of Elocution.

 8. Of two Sorts of Stiles.

 9. Of those Things that grace an Oration, and make it delightful.

10. In what Manner an Oration is graced by the Things aforesaid.

11. Of the Difference between the Stile to be used in Writing, and the Stile to be used in Pleading.

12. Of the Parts of an Oration, and their Order.

13. Of the Proeme.

14. Places of Crimination, and Purgation.

15. Of the Narration.

16. Of Proof, or Confirmation, and Refutation.

17. Of Interrogations, Answers, and Jests.

18. Of the Peroration.



A reprint of the 1681 London edition, scanned from: Aristotle; Treatise on Rhetoric, literally translated from the Greek, with the Analysis by T Hobbes, by Thomas Buckley. London: Henry G. Bohn, 1850. Scanned by Agathon for Peithô's Web and your enjoyment. The linked index is constructed from Hobbes' chapter headings.



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