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Philosophy and Politics in the Thought of John Wyclif

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Part of Cambridge Studies in Medieval Life and Thought: Fourth Series

  • Date Published: December 2004
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  • isbn: 9780511059858

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  • John Wyclif was the fourteenth-century English thinker responsible for the first English Bible, and for the Lollard movement--persecuted widely for its attempts to reform the church through empowerment of the laity. This study argues that John Wyclif's political agenda was based on a coherent philosophical vision ultimately consistent with his earlier reformative ideas. Several of Wyclif's formal, Latin works proposed that the king should take control of all church property and power in the kingdom, a vision close to what Henry VIII was to realize 150 years later.

    • An interdisciplinary study of aspects of John Wyclif's thought, uniting scholarship in philosophy, political theory and literature
    • The first study of Wyclif to identify a consistency between his realist metaphysics and his political and ecclesiological theory
    • Resolves key issues which have arisen recently in the study of the Wycliffite and Lollard movement in the later Middle Ages
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    • Date Published: December 2004
    • format: Adobe eBook Reader
    • isbn: 9780511059858
    • availability: This ISBN is for an eBook version which is distributed on our behalf by a third party.
  • Table of Contents

    1. The historiography of Wyclif's dominium theory
    2. Why dominium?
    3. Wyclif's realism and divine dominium
    4. Proprietas in Wyclif's theory of dominium
    5. Iurisdictio in civil dominium
    6. On kingship
    7. Conclusion.

  • Author

    Stephen E. Lahey, Le Moyne College, Syracuse
    Stephen E. Lahey is Assistant Professor of History, Le Moyne College, New York.

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