Author: Cesare Cuttica,Glenn Burgess
View: 1326The 14 essays in this volume look at both the theory and practice of monarchical governments from the Thirty Years War up until the time of the French Revolution. Contributors aim to unravel the constructs of ‘absolutism’ and ‘monarchism’, examining how the power and authority of monarchs was defined through contemporary politics and philosophy.
Author: Cecilia Muratori,Gianni Paganini
View: 5658When does Renaissance philosophy end, and Early Modern philosophy begin? Do Renaissance philosophers have something in common, which distinguishes them from Early Modern philosophers? And ultimately, what defines the modernity of the Early Modern period, and what role did the Renaissance play in shaping it? The answers to these questions are not just chronological. This book challenges traditional constructions of these periods, which partly reflect the prejudice that the Renaissance was a literary and artistic phenomenon, rather than a philosophical phase. The essays in this book investigate how the legacy of Renaissance philosophers persisted in the following centuries through the direct encounters of subsequent generations with Renaissance philosophical texts. This volume treats Early Modern philosophers as joining their predecessors as ‘conversation partners’: the ‘conversations’ in this book feature, among others, Girolamo Cardano and Henry More, Thomas Hobbes and Lorenzo Valla, Bernardino Telesio and Francis Bacon, René Descartes and Tommaso Campanella, Giulio Cesare Vanini and the anonymous Theophrastus redivivus.
Author: Peter Elmer,Senior Research Fellow Peter Elmer
Publisher: Oxford University Press
Category: Witch hunting
View: 8647Witchcraft, Witch-hunting, and Politics in Early Modern England offers a wide-ranging and original overview of the subject of witchcraft and its place in English society, covering the period from the beginning of witch trials in the early years of the reign of Elizabeth I through to the repeal of the Witchcraft Statute in 1736. In contrast to other approaches to the subject, which have tended to focus on the origins of witchcraft in gender and/orsocio-economic explanations, this volume situates belief in witchcraft and witch-hunting within the context of the political and religious debates of the period, shedding new light on the subject through a series oforiginal case studies based on extensive archival research.
Author: Paul Christianson
Publisher: Univ of Toronto Pr
Category: Biography & Autobiography
View: 7433In early seventeenth-century England, many able magistrates, artists, divines, lawyers, and scholars spoke, wrote, created, and acted to uphold what they conceived of as the proper governance of the commonwealth. They regularly articulated constitutionalist principles of governance in the discourse of the English common law and disputed particular policies in royal courts and parliaments. In an attempt to interpret aspects of political and historical thought in early Stuart England, especially in relationship to English common law discourse, Continental customary and civil law discourse, and a Grotian natural law discourse, this volume concentrates upon the relevant ideas and actions of John Selden. Selden (1584-1654) was a common lawyer, a scholar of the civil law, and an authority on constitutional law. Well-read in ancient and medieval history as well as the history of English law, he was a member of Parliament and an author in both Latin and English. In short, he was a major scholar and an important political figure of his time. Paul Christianson analyses the relevant books and public speeches of Selden from 1610 to 1635 as a means of understanding the genesis of constitutional conflict in seventeenth-century England. He discusses Selden's early histories of English and European institutions showing how Selden's interpretations changed over time in relation to his scholarship, his politics, and his view of the English constitution as a `mixed monarchy.' Christianson also analyses Selden's historical method and demonstrates how Titles of Honor (1631) provided his most mature scholarly portrayal of European constitutions and how Mare Clausum marked his first major move toward a natural law theory of politics.
1789 to the Present
Author: David S. Nash
Publisher: Scolar Press
View: 3445This volume deals with the cultural and legal debates which have counterposed the right to free speech and the need to protect Christian sensibilities in Britain from the time of the French Revolution to the present day.
Indigenous Australians and the Language of Colonial Government
Author: Bruce Buchan
Publisher: Pickering & Chatto Limited
View: 4122Empire of Political Thought investigates how European colonists in Australia represented the indigenous peoples they found there, and how they governed them using Western political thought. Buchan argues that an ideological framework drawn from Western traditions rendered indigenous peoples familiar to Europeans. Rather than effacing indigenous difference, colonists employed a conceptual language that recognised those differences but assimilated them and rendered them as deficiencies. This is the first study to link the imperial government in Australia with comparative colonial contexts in North America. The contemporary relevance of this book is underscored by the continuing efforts of Indigenous peoples in Australia and elsewhere to articulate their visions of political and cultural self-government and self-determination.