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Anti-Lawyers : Religion and the Critics of Law and State - David Saunders


Religion and the Critics of Law and State

Hardcover Published: 9th October 1997
ISBN: 9780415103046
Number Of Pages: 200

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In early modern Europe the law developed as one of the few non-religious orderings of civil life. Its separation from religion was, however, never complete and we see the contest continued today not only in the campaigns of religious fundamentalists of the right, but also in the clains of critical intellectuals to reshape government institutions and the legal apparatus in accordance with moral principle - whether of indivudual autonomy or communitarian self-determination. In Anti-Lawyers, David Saunders traces the story of this unresolved conflict from Hobbes' Leviathan to the American law texts of today, and discusses how we might regard today's moral critics of government and law in the light of the early modern effort to disengage spiritual discipline from secular government and conscience from law. Separate sections look at major figures in English common law in the Early Modern period, French and German absolutism and jurisprudence as it is taught in the American law texts of today.

Religion by Other Meansp. 1
Invisible and Spiritual: Visible and Externalp. 15
Conscience and Lawp. 21
The Common Law's Criticsp. 30
The Common Law's Defendersp. 41
Religion, Law and Civil Mannersp. 55
Separation of Powersp. 73
The Confessional Statep. 79
Conflict of Confessions; Conflict of Facultiesp. 89
Sects, Laws and Rightsp. 112
The Law Transformed; The Lawyer Lostp. 124
Now That the Saints Are Marching inp. 142
Notesp. 154
Bibliographyp. 170
Indexp. 177
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ISBN: 9780415103046
ISBN-10: 0415103045
Audience: Professional
Format: Hardcover
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 200
Published: 9th October 1997
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 23.39 x 15.6  x 1.27
Weight (kg): 0.45
Edition Number: 1