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Lawson: Politica sacra et civilis

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  • Date Published: July 2004
  • availability: Available
  • format: Paperback
  • isbn: 9780521543415

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  • Lawson's Politica is a systematic treatise on politics in church and state and is arguably the most significant work of political theory to have been printed during the Restoration crisis of 1659-60. It was widely discussed during the seventeenth century and particularly the revolution of 1688-9. This new modern edition is based on, and corrects the first printed editions of 1660 and 1689, and contains an extensive introduction and notes designed to make this significant work accessible to both students and specialists.

    • The first modern edition of the Politica
    • An important text for the understanding of the Restoration of 1660 and the Revolution of 1688–9
    • Key contextual material for the study of major thinkers of the seventeenth century, such as Hobbes and Locke
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    "This book contributes to a number of contemporary debates....It is therefore a timely and significant book. Each country is treated in great detail and current political developements are put in their historical context. This provides a useful reference book for students of contemporary Pacific isalnd politics. But this is also a provocative book....There are many imponderables thrown up by this book, which is perhaps one of its most provocative and important aspects....Lawson's book will be an essential part of this debate." H-Net Reviews

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    Product details

    • Date Published: July 2004
    • format: Paperback
    • isbn: 9780521543415
    • length: 340 pages
    • dimensions: 216 x 140 x 19 mm
    • weight: 0.43kg
    • availability: Available
  • Table of Contents

    Editor's introduction
    A note on the text
    Bibliographical guide
    Principal dates
    Epistle to the reader
    Dedicatory poem
    The arguments of the several chapters
    1. Of government in general, and the original thereof
    2. Of government in general, and of a community civil
    3. Of an ecclesiastical community
    4. Of a commonwealth in general, and power civil
    5. Of the manner how civil power is acquired
    6. Of power ecclesiastical
    7. Of the manner of acquiring ecclesiastical power
    8. Of the disposition of power civil, and the several forms of government
    9. Of the disposition of ecclesiastical power: and first, whether it be due unto the Bishop of Rome
    10. Whether the civil state have any good title to the Power of the Keys
    11. Whether episcopacy be the primary subject of the Power of the Keys
    12. Whether presbytery or presbyters be the primary subject of the Power of the Keys
    13. That the government of the church is not purely democratical, but like that of a free state, wherein the power is in the whole, not in any part, which is the author's judgement
    14. Of the extent of a particular church
    15. Of subjection in general, and the subjects of a civil state
    16. Of subjects in an ecclesiastical polity
    Biographical notes

  • Author

    George Lawson


    Conal Condren, University of New South Wales, Sydney

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