Robert Bellarmine was one of the most original and influential political theorists of his time. He participated in several of the political debates that agitated early modern Europe, such as the controversy over the Oath of Allegiance in England. Bellarmine presents one of the clearest and most coherent definitions of the nature and aim of temporal authority and its relationship to spiritual authority. The king has jurisdiction over the body, the pope over the conscience. This distinction was crucial for the history of early modern monarchies: the conflict between state and church ceased to be concerned with physical persons and become a contest for the consciences of subjects. The political thought of Bellarmine was at the center of post-Reformation debates on the relationship between state and church; on the nature, aim, and limits of temporal government; and on the relation between religion and natural law. He posed in a novel, controversial manner the relationship between public and private spheres, thus opening up questions central to what we consider 'modernity'.
This accessible edition of some of Ballarmine's most important works in fresh translations will be interesting for a wide readership of both scholars of political thought and the educated general public.
Homiletic & Pastoral Review
April 12, 2012
Tutino is right to highlight the importance Bellarmine placed on papal spiritual authority. He was, in this respect, a man ahead of his time, because he saw clearly what papal spiritual power could do when unencumbered by temporal distractions. . . . In a world indifferent to the Gospel, at best, and hostile, at worst, Christians oftentimes find themselves in a position of weakness and danger. . . . Bellarmine may help us choose the only viable course we have left. Since it was all the Apostles had, there is reason for hope that lost ground can be recaptured, though not without some sacrifice. Tutino's valuable study, and her handsome collection of translations, can help guide our way.
1 Introduction: Ethical Dimensions of Public Policy - Jonathan Boston, Andrew Bradstock, and David Eng Part One: Ethical Foundations 2 Behavioral Economics, Ethics, and Public Policy: Paving the road to freedom or serfdom? - Morris Altman 3 Go and Do Likewise: The parable of the Good Samaritan and the challenge of public ethics - Chris Marshall 4 Who Then Is My Neighbor? Ethical decision making around our international obligations - contribution of human rights theory and practice - Margaret Bedggood 5 Justice as Collective Capability - Karen Baehler 6 Considerations of Distributive Justice in the Context of Climate Change Mitigation - Frieder Lempp, Lucas Kengmana, and Jonathan Boston Part Two: Ethics and Policy Making 7 Beyond Serving a Purpose: Additional ethical focuses for public policy agents - Vanessa Scholes 8 Ethics of Not-Very-Targeted Government Interventions - TM Wilkinson 9 Making Fair Funding Decisions for High-Cost Health Care: The case of Herceptin in New Zealand - Elizabeth Fenton 10 Can Policy Be Ethical Without Consumer Input?- Hilary Stace and Martin Sullivan Part Three: Sustainability and Progress 11 The Ethics of a Sustainable Economy: Implications for public policy - Robert Howell and Wayne Cartwright 12 Measuring New Zealand's Progress Using a Sustainable Development Approach - Rachael Milicich 13 Cooperative Environmental Management: Taking care of New Zealand's unique natural resources in more effective ways - Karlheinz Knickel, Guy Salmon, and Susanne von Muenchhausen 14 Equity and Sustainable Development - Paul Dalziel and Caroline Saunders 15 Rethinking Progress: Evaluation of the Wellington Regional Genuine Progress Index - Aaron Packard and Ralph Chapman 16 Recent Challenges to the Ethics Underlying Official Statistics in New Zealand - Sharleen Forbes, Vince Galvin, Andrew Hunter, Paul Maxwell, and Whetu Wereta
Series: Natural Law and Enlightenment Classics
For Grades: 12+
Number Of Pages: 500
Published: 24th April 2012
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 23.0 x 15.5
Weight (kg): 0.84