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Ideas in Context : Jesuit Political Thought: The Society of Jesus and the State, c.1540-1630 Series Number 70 - Harro Hopfl

Ideas in Context

Jesuit Political Thought: The Society of Jesus and the State, c.1540-1630 Series Number 70

By: Harro Hopfl, Quentin Skinner (Editor), Lorraine Daston (Editor), Dorothy Ross (Editor), James Tully (Editor)

Hardcover Published: 1st July 2004
ISBN: 9780521837798
Number Of Pages: 428

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Harro Hopfl presents here the first full-length study of the single most influential organised group of scholars and pamphleteers in early modern Europe (1540-1630), namely the Jesuits. He explores the academic and political controversies in which they were engaged in and their contribution to academic discourse around ideas of 'the state' and 'politics'. He pays particular attention to their actual teaching concerning doctrines for whose menacing practical implications Jesuits generally were vilified: notably tyrannicide, the papal power to depose rulers, the legitimacy of 'Machiavellian' policies in dealing with heretics and the justifiability of breaking faith with heretics. Hopfl further explores the paradox of the Jesuits' political activities being at once the subject of conspiratorial fantasies but at the same time being widely acknowledged as among the foremost intellects of their time, with their thought freely cited and appropriated. This is an important work of scholarship.

From the hardback review: 'An important work of scholarship.' The Universe From the hardback review: '... a remarkable work of intellectual history.' Political Studies Review From the hardback review: '... a lively and masterful survey of Jesuit political thought ... Hopfl does an excellent job as an historian ...' The Heythrop Journal From the hardback review: 'Harro Hopfl's long-awaited book sets itself an ambitious task ... Hopfl's project is to chartacterize the political thinking of the society of Jesus as a whole ... In terms of substantive analysis, Hopfl's is by far the best treatment available in English of the more directly political side of Jesuit writing ... the appearance of such an intelligent, thought-provoking, refreshingly idiosyncratic but still thorough treatment of a neglected subject is enormously to be welcomed.' History of Political Thought From the hardback review: '... meticulously researched, scholarly work, written with suavity and flair, dealing carefully with much of the huge amount of material which awaits the researcher in this field.' English Historical Review

The character and work of the society of Jesus
The society's organizational ideas
The church, the society and heresy
Jesuit reason of state and religious uniformity
Jesuit reason of state and Fides
Reason of state, prudence and the academic curriculum
The theory of political authority
Limited government, compacts and the states of nature
The theory of law
The common good and individual rights
Tyrannicide, the oath of allegiance controversy and the assassination of Henri IV
The Papal Potestas Indirecta
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ISBN: 9780521837798
ISBN-10: 0521837790
Series: Ideas in Context
Audience: Professional
Format: Hardcover
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 428
Published: 1st July 2004
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 22.9 x 15.2  x 2.7
Weight (kg): 0.8