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The Rhetoric of Error from Locke to Kleist

Zachary Sng


Eighteenth-century Europe, preoccupied with both the origins and the defense of reason, was naturally concerned with what might be the root of all error. A topic any systematic account of knowledge must grapple with, error became a frequent point of debate in new scientific, aesthetic, and philosophical investigations. Taking John Locke's Essay Concerning Human Understanding as its point of departure, this book examines a number of such debates, focusing on literary and philosophical accounts of the relationship between language and thought. Rather than approaching its topic conceptually or hi ... More

Keywords: error, John Locke, language, thought, Enlightenment, Romanticism, knowledge, rhetoric, Leibniz, Adam Smith

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2010 Print ISBN-13: 9780804770170
Published to Stanford Scholarship Online: June 2013 DOI:10.11126/stanford/9780804770170.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Zachary Sng, author