The Foundations of Modern Political Thought: Volume 1, The Renaissance

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Cambridge University Press, Nov 30, 1978 - History - 336 pages
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A two-volume study of political thought from the late thirteenth to the end of the sixteenth century, the decisive period of transition from medieval to modern political theory. The work is intended to be both an introduction to the period for students, and a presentation and justification of a particular approach to the interpretation of historical texts. Quentin Skinner gives an outline account of all the principal texts of the period, discussing in turn the chief political writings of Dante, Marsiglio, Bartolus, Machiavelli, Erasmus and more, Luther and Calvin, Bodin and the Calvinist revolutionaries. But he also examines a very large number of lesser writers in order to explain the general social and intellectual context in which these leading theorists worked. He thus presents the history not as a procession of 'classic texts' but are more readily intelligible. He traces by this means the gradual emergence of the vocabulary of modern political thought, and in particular the crucial concept of the State. We are given an insight into the actual processes of the formation of ideologies and into some of the linkages between political theory and practice. Professor Skinner has been awarded the Balzan Prize Life Time Achievement Award for Political Thought, History and Theory. Full details of this award can be found at http://www.balzan.it/News_eng.aspx?ID=2474
  

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User Review  - Corey Rowe - Goodreads

get his shorter books to find main ideas, then sift through this index. don't read cover to cover, use as reference. he's too smart for normal folk. but memorize some of his quotes to impress at cocktail parties:) Read full review

Contents

The ideal of liberty
3
The political implications
17
Rhetoric and liberty
23
The Churchs shortcomings
27
the theological debate
34
Scholasticism and liberty
49
the lay revolt
50
The spread of Lutheranism
65
The survival of Republican values
139
The theory of the Church
144
The reply to the heretics
166
The limits of constitutionalism
174
The duty to resist
189
The diffusion of humanist scholarship
193
The reception of humanist political thought
213
The context of the Huguenot revolution
239

The Florentine Renaissance
69
The defection of the radicals
73
The role of the secular authorities
81
The enforcement of the reformation
89
The age of princes
113
The legal tradition
123
The revival of Thomism
135
The humanist critique of humanism
244
The right to resist 303
257
Bibliography of primary sources
264
Bibliography of secondary sources
273
Index
289
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About the author (1978)

Quentin Skinner is Regius Professor of Modern History in the University of Cambridge. A Fellow of Christ's College, Cambridge, he is also a fellow of numerous academic bodies and the recipient of several honorary degrees. His many publications include The Foundations of Modern Political Thought (Cambridge University Press, 1978, two volumes), Machiavelli (1981), Reason and Rhetoric in the Philosophy of Hobbes (Cambridge University Press, 1996), Liberty before Liberalism (Cambridge University Press, 1998), and three volumes of Visions of Politics (Cambridge University Press, 2002).

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