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A Treatise of Orders and Plain Dignities

A Treatise of Orders and Plain Dignities

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  • Date Published: April 1994
  • availability: Available
  • format: Paperback
  • isbn: 9780521456241

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  • This is the first English edition of a treatise that influenced French thinkers from its publication in 1610 until the end of the ancien régime. In his Treatise of Orders and Plain Dignities, Charles Loyseau set out to harmonize with law his fellow citizens' values and behavior in the crucial sphere of possession and exercise of public power. The introduction to this edition sets this important text in the context of Loyseau's own political thesis and the intellectual milieu of those who administered early-modern France.

    • The first English edition
    • Makes available a text which was important and influential for nearly two centuries
    • Sets it in a broad and useful context of French political and legal thought
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    "This first-ever English-language edition of a once-celebrated work by a contemporary of Jean Bodin is a valuable contribution to the Skinnerian project of filling in the intellectual valleys separating the 'peaks' of Plato and Aristotle, Augustine and Aquinas, Hobbes and Locke, Rousseau and Kant, and Hegel and Marx." Ethics

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    Product details

    • Date Published: April 1994
    • format: Paperback
    • isbn: 9780521456241
    • length: 308 pages
    • dimensions: 216 x 140 x 18 mm
    • weight: 0.39kg
    • availability: Available
  • Table of Contents

    Principal events in Loyseau's life
    Bibliographical note
    Note on translation and citations
    List of abbreviations
    Biographical notes
    Dedicatory epistle: Charles Loyseau to the Honourable Jean Forget
    1. Of order in general
    2. Of the Roman orders
    3. Of the order of the clergy
    4. Of the order of nobility in general
    5. Of plain gentlemen
    6. Of the high nobility
    7. Of princes
    8. Of the third estate
    9. Of solemn deprivation of order
    10. Of the plain dignities of Rome
    11. Of the plain dignities of France

  • Author

    Charles Loyseau


    Howell A. Lloyd, University of Hull

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