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The foundations of modern political thought: the age of reformation, vol. 2

By: Skinner, Quentin.
Material type: materialTypeLabelBookPublisher: Cambridge Cambridge University Press 1978Description: 405 p. Includes bibliographical references and index.ISBN: 9780521294355.Subject(s): Political science | Reformation | CalvinismDDC classification: 320.50903 Summary: 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 https://www.cambridge.org/vi/academic/subjects/history/history-ideas-and-intellectual-history/foundations-modern-political-thought-volume-2?format=PB
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Table of contents


PART ONE - ABSOLUTISM AND THE LUTHERAN REFORMATION

1 - The principles of Lutheranism
2 - The forerunners of Lutheranism
3 - The spread of Lutheranism

PART TWO - CONSTITUTIONALISM AND THE COUNTER REFORMATION

4 - The background of constitutionalism
5 - The revival of Thomism
6 - The limits of constitutionalism

PART THREE - CALVINISM AND THE THEORY OF REVOLUTION

7 - The duty to resist
8 - The context of the Huguenot revolution
9 - The right to resist

Conclusion

Bibliography of primary sources

Bibliography of secondary sources

Index

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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