[Epub] On Sovereignty: Four Chapters from The Six Books of the Commonwealth By Jean Bodin – Higo2cam.info

On Sovereignty: Four Chapters from The Six Books of the Commonwealth Bodin S Les Six Livres De La R Publique Is A Vast Synthesis Of Comparative Public Law And Politics, The Theoretical Core Of Which Is Formed By The Four Chapters Translated In This Volume These Four Chapters Contain His Celebrated Theory Of Sovereignty, Which Informed His Thinking On The State And Made His R Publique A Landmark In The Development Of European Political Thought This Theory, However, Also Contained A Seductive But Erroneous Thesis That Was Of Great Importance For The Development Of Royalist Ideology The Idea That Sovereignty Is Indivisible, That The Entire Power Of The State Has To Be Vested In A Single Individual Or GroupThis Thesis, Together With The Crisis Of Authority In The French Religious Wars, Led Bodin To A Systematically Absolutist Interpretation Of The French And Other Contemporary Monarchies His Primary Aim Was To Exclude Any Legal Ground Of Forcible Resistance A King Of France, He Hoped, Would Continue To Adhere To Moral And Prudential Limitations, But A Proper King Could Not Be Lawfully ConstrainedThis Is The First Complete Translation Of These Chapters Into English Since It Is Accompanied By A Lucid Introduction, A Chronology, And A Bibliography From The Back Cover


About the Author: Jean Bodin

Jean Bodin 1530 1596 was a French jurist and political philosopher, member of the Parlement of Paris and professor of law in Toulouse He is best known for his theory of sovereignty he was also an influential writer on demonology.Bodin lived during the aftermath of the Protestant Reformation and wrote against the background of religious conflict in France He remained a nominal Catholic throughout his life but was critical of papal authority over governments, favouring the strong central control of a national monarchy as an antidote to factional strife Toward the end of his life he wrote, but did not publish, a dialogue among different religions, including representatives of Judaism, Islam and natural theology, in which all agreed to coexist in concord.



10 thoughts on “On Sovereignty: Four Chapters from The Six Books of the Commonwealth

  1. says:

    I was very disappointed in the editing of this volume, a slim 150 page paperback for which I shelled out the equivalent of 30 bucks Of course, Bodin s entire Six Books on the Commonwealth is quite a ponderous volume, but abridging it down to just four of its 42 chapters


  2. says:

    A seminal text on the topic of sovereignty, this edition brings together some of the most informative aspects of Bodin s much larger original text Considering the signs and sources of sovereignty Bodin takes us through a consideration of where political legitimacy comes from the


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