Patriarcha and Other Writings (Cambridge Texts in the History of Political Thought)

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Patriarcha and Other Writings (Cambridge Texts in the History of Political Thought)

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  • 製本 Paperback:紙装版/ペーパーバック版/ページ数 327 p.
  • 言語 ENG
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Ed. by Johann P. Sommerville.

Full Description

In seventeenth-century England, patriarchalist thinking shaped English ideas not only about the family but also about society and the state. Many thinkers argued that the state should be seen as a family, and that the king held the powers of a father over his subjects. The classic texts of patriarchal political thinking were written by Sir Robert Filmer (1588-1653), one of the most acute defenders of absolute monarchy. In addition to presenting his own patriarchalist theory, Filmer's works contain incisive attacks on democratic thinking and on the notion that political obligation stems from a contract between ruler and ruled. His political works are here edited from the original manuscript and printed sources, with an introduction which locates Filmer's ideas in their historical and ideological contexts. These texts - to which John Locke replied in his influential Two Treatises of Government - provide highly important documents for the understanding of political and social ideas at a decisive stage in the development of English attitudes.

Table of Contents

Preface                                            vii
Introduction ix
Principal events in Filmer's life xxv
Bibliographical note xxix
The authorship and dating of some works xxxii
attributed to Filmer
A note on the text xxxviii
Abbreviations and sources xi
That the first kings were fathers of families 1 (11)
It is unnatural for the people to govern or 12 (22)
choose governors
Positive laws do not infringe the natural and 34 (253)
fatherly power of kings
Three passages omitted in the Chicago 64 (223)
The Free-holders Grand Inquest 69 (62)
The Anarchy of a Limited or Mixed Monarchy 131 (41)
The Necessity of the Absolute Power of 172 (12)
all Kings
Observations Concerning the Originall of 184 (51)
Government, upon Mr Hobs `Leviathan', Mr
Milton against Salmasius, H. Grotius `De
Jure Belli'
Observations Upon Aristotles Politiques 235 (52)
Touching Forms of Government, Together
with Directions for Obedience to
Governours in dangerous and doubtfull
Select biographical notes 287 (9)
Textual notes 296 (12)
Index 308