Marsilius of Padua: The Defender of the Peace

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Cambridge University Press, Nov 24, 2005 - Political Science
The Defender of the Peace of Marsilius of Padua is a massively influential text in the history of western political thought. Marsilius offers a detailed analysis and explanation of human political communities, before going on to attack what he sees as the obstacles to peaceful human coexistence - principally the contemporary papacy. Annabel Brett's authoritative rendition of the Defensor Pacis was the first new translation in English for fifty years, and a major contribution to the series of Cambridge Texts: all of the usual series features are provided, included chronology, notes for further reading, and up-to-date annotation aimed at the student reader encountering this classic of medieval thought for the first time. This edition of The Defender of the Peace is a scholarly and a pedagogic event of great importance, of interest to historians, political theorists, theologians and philosophers at all levels from second-year undergraduate upwards.
 

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Contents

Acknowledgements page
ix
Principal events in Marsiliuss life
xxxvii
Notes on the references
lii
On the general bearing of the matters to be discussed
3
Discourse I
5
On the first questions of this book and on defining
11
On the origin of the civil community
17
On the final cause of a certain part of the city sc
31
new election each time or to elect only one man together
98
or realm and the necessity for this As a result
114
how and by whom he should be constrained if
123
On the coercive judge of heretics viz to whom it belongs
232
On certain signs testimonies and examples from both
242
On distinguishing certain terms which is necessary
249
On the status of the said poverty which is habitually
262
On some objections to what was determined in
287

differentiation of the parts of the city and the division
37
identification of the more perfect and on the modes
43
On differentiating and identifying the significations
51
On the demonstrable efficient cause of human law
65
Concerning some objections to what was said in
73
On the efficient cause of the best way of instituting
88
On the division of the priestly office into its essential
309
On the equality of the apostles in any office or dignity
319
On the authority to institute bishops and other curates
335
how it comes that the Roman bishop and church
352
Index
559
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The editor and translator Annabel Brett is Senior Lecturer in History at the University of Cambridge and a Fellow of Gonville and Caius College. Her previous publications include Liberty, Right and Nature: Individual Rights in Later Scholastic Thought (Cambridge, 1997).