The Foundations of Modern Political Thought: Volume 2, The Age of Reformation

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Cambridge University Press, Nov 30, 1978 - History - 414 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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Contents

The principles of Lutheranism
3
The political implications
12
The forerunners of Lutheranism
20
The insufficiency of man
22
The Churchs shortcomings
27
the theological debate
34
the lay revolt
50
The spread of Lutheranism
65
The duty to resist
189
The development of Lutheran Radicalism
191
The Lutheran influence on Calvinism
206
The development of Calvinist radicalism
225
The context of the Huguenot revolution
239
The prospect of toleration
241
The growth of absolutism
254
The reassertion of constitutionalism
267

The defection of the radicals
73
The role of the secular authorities
81
The enforcement of the reformation
89
The background of constitutionalism
113
The conciliarist tradition
114
The legal tradition
123
The revival of Thomism
135
The theory of the Church
144
The theory of political society
148
The reply to the heretics
166
The limits of constitutionalism
174
The absolutist perspective
178
Montaigne and stoicism
275
Bodin and absolutism
284
The right to resist
302
The appeal to positive law
309
The appeal to natural law
318
The defence of popular revolution
338
Conclusion
349
Bibliography of primary sources
360
Bibliography of secondary sources
372
Index
389
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