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William of Ockham: A Short Discourse on Tyrannical Government

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  • Date Published: September 1992
  • availability: Available
  • format: Hardback
  • isbn: 9780521352420

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About the Authors
  • William of Ockham (c. 1285-c. 1387) was the most eminent theologian and philosopher of his day, a Franciscan friar who came to believe that the Avignonese papacy of John XXII had set out to destroy the religious ideal on which his order was based: the complete poverty of Christ and the Apostles. A Short Discourse on Tyrannical Government is an attack on the claims of the medieval Church, specifically the papacy, to universal spiritual and secular power. Written at the time of the emergence of the European nation-states, Ockham's work issued a direct hard-hitting challenge to the claims of limitless papal power. The text is accompanied by a full bibliography, a chronology and an introduction setting his work in its intellectual and historical context.

    • Ockham is the most important thinker of his age, and this work reflects the essentials of medieval political philosophy
    • This is the only translation in English of a complete work by Ockham
    • Professor McGrade is recognised as the world's leading authority on Ockham, and is one of the best-known scholars in medieval and early modern political thought Author of the Hooker volume in Cambridge Texts in the History of Political Thought series
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    Reviews & endorsements

    "This book is enriched by an admirable introduction by McGrade, which places Ockham and his work in the framework of their time. Careful footnoting and a useful bibliography enhance the value of the book." H. Malcolm MacDonald, Social Science Quarterly

    "Ockham's argument combines lucidity with was the first complete Latin work I ever read. By the time I finished it I would gladly have followed Ockham out of Avignon and into the imperial entourage." David Burr, Church History

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    Product details

    • Date Published: September 1992
    • format: Hardback
    • isbn: 9780521352420
    • length: 252 pages
    • dimensions: 216 x 140 x 17 mm
    • weight: 0.47kg
    • availability: Available
  • Table of Contents

    Note on references
    List of abbreviations
    Principal dates in Ockham's life
    Suggestions for further reading
    A Short Discourse on the Tyrannical Government over things
    Divine and human, but especially over the Empire and those subject to the Empire
    Usurped by some who are called Highest Pontiffs
    Book I
    Book II
    Book III
    Book IV
    Book V
    Book VI
    Appendix: text and translation
    Index of references to the Bible
    Index of references to canon law
    Index of persons
    Subject index.

  • Author

    William of Ockham


    Arthur Stephen McGrade


    John Kilcullen

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