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Philosophy and Politics in the Thought of John Wyclif

Philosophy and Politics in the Thought of John Wyclif


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

  • Date Published: March 2003
  • availability: Available
  • format: Hardback
  • isbn: 9780521633468

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  • John Wyclif was the fourteenth-century English thinker responsible for the first English Bible, and for the Lollard movement which was persecuted widely for its attempts to reform the Church through empowerment of the laity. Wyclif had also been an Oxford philosopher, and was in the service of John of Gaunt, the powerful duke of Lancaster. In several of Wyclif's formal, Latin works he proposed that the king ought to take control of all Church property and power in the kingdom - a vision close to what Henry VIII was to realize 150 years later. This book argues that Wyclif's political programme was based on a coherent philosophical vision ultimately consistent with his other reformative ideas, identifying a consistency between his realist metaphysics and his political and ecclesiological theory.

    • 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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    Review of the hardback: '… erudite and painstaking …'. Journal of Ecclesiastical History

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    Product details

    • Date Published: March 2003
    • format: Hardback
    • isbn: 9780521633468
    • length: 252 pages
    • dimensions: 237 x 160 x 21 mm
    • weight: 0.54kg
    • availability: Available
  • 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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