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Argument and Authority in Early Modern England The Presupposition of Oaths and Offices

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ISBN-10: 0521859085

ISBN-13: 9780521859080

Edition: 2006

Authors: Conal Condren

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Conal Condren offers a radical reappraisal of the character of moral and political theory in early modern England through an exploration of pervasive arguments about office. In this context he explores the significance of oath-taking and three of the major crises around oaths and offices in the seventeenth century. This fresh focus on office brings into serious question much of what has been taken for granted in the study of early modern political and moral theory concerning, for example, the interplay of ideologies, the emergence of a public sphere, of liberalism, reason of state, de facto theory, and perhaps even political theory and moral agency as we know it. Argument and Authority is a major new work from a senior scholar of early modern political thought, of interest to a wide range of historians, philosophers and literary scholars.
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Book details

List price: $149.99
Copyright year: 2006
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Publication date: 3/17/2006
Binding: Hardcover
Pages: 412
Size: 6.00" wide x 8.75" long x 1.25" tall
Weight: 1.738
Language: English

Preface
Introduction
The liquid empire of office
An overview
Ceremonies of office: The kiss of the tutti-man
Institutionalised office: a sense of the scavenger
The vocabulary of office
Offices of the intellect: player, poet and philosopher
Soul and conscience
The authority and insolence of office
The cases of patriot and counsellor
Casuistry as the mediation of office
The case of resistance to superior power
Metaphor and political autonomy
'I, A. B.'
An overview of the oath in seventeenth-century argument
Coronation oaths
The oath of allegiance of 1606
Engagement with a free state
The oath of allegiance and the Revolution of 1688-9
Epilogue
Bibliography
Index