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Satire, Lies and Politics

The Case of Dr Arbuthnot


Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xvii
  2. Part I

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 1-1
    2. Conal Condren
      Pages 3-12
    3. Conal Condren
      Pages 27-55
    4. Conal Condren
      Pages 74-96
  3. Part II

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 97-97
    2. Conal Condren
      Pages 99-110
    3. Conal Condren
      Pages 111-143
    4. Conal Condren
      Pages 144-158
    5. Conal Condren
      Pages 159-164
  4. Back Matter
    Pages 165-192

About this book


This, the first full analysis of Arbuthnot's Art of Political Lying (1712), argues that the work is a commentary on long-standing themes of debate in science, rhetoric and philosophy and should be seen as a seminal satire standing in opposition to the practice of Swift and Pope. Rather than simply condemning dishonesty, Arbuthnot raises serious questions about the elusive nature of truth in politics. The argument thus traverses literary analysis, intellectual history and philosophy. An original version of the Art of Political Lying , based on English and French editions is supplied in the appendix.


English French learning nature philosophy politics rhetoric science work

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  1. 1.Department of Political Science, University of New South WalesSydneyAustralia

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