modern philology 2

Article: Very Like a Whale: Metaphor and Materialism in Hobbes and Swift

Jess Keiser: ‘Very Like a Whale: Metaphor and Materialism in Hobbes and Swift’, Modern Philology, 113,2 (2015)

This new article argues for a connection between Hobbes’s materialist philosophy and his satirical style. It goes on to suggest that Hobbes in turn influenced Jonathan Swift, despite the latter’s attacks on his materialism.