Community and Consent: The Secular Political Theory of Marsiglio of Padua's Defensor Pacis

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In the first examination of the Defensor Pacis in almost fifty years, Cary J. Nederman demonstrates Marsiglio of Padua's continuing relevance, connecting his philosophy to contemporary debates about community, identity, difference, and political participation. Community and Consent describes Marsiglio's attempt to resolve the tension in medieval Christian political thought created by the apparently competing standards of reason (thought to be the province of a few) and volition (the realm of every individual). ...

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Overview

In the first examination of the Defensor Pacis in almost fifty years, Cary J. Nederman demonstrates Marsiglio of Padua's continuing relevance, connecting his philosophy to contemporary debates about community, identity, difference, and political participation. Community and Consent describes Marsiglio's attempt to resolve the tension in medieval Christian political thought created by the apparently competing standards of reason (thought to be the province of a few) and volition (the realm of every individual). Marsiglio argued for a harmonization of reason and will, regarding neither as sufficient to authorize political conduct. The book includes historical and biographical information not previously available in English, as well as a survey and critique of the current state of Marsiglio scholarship in all languages.

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Editorial Reviews

Political Studies Review
this is compulsory reading for all scholars interested in Marsilius and early fourteenth-century political ideas in general.
Gordon Schochet
Nederman's account of Marsiglio is splendid in every respect. He has given back to the history of political thought an important theorist who had just about drifted into oblivion and opens up all althogether new and exciting understanding of Marsiglio and the world he confronted. In the process, Nederman takes on the liberalsim/communitariansism debate that now rages in political theory and makes vital and innovative points about continuities that run from the Middle Ages to modernity.
Alison L. Brown
. . . excellent introduction to Marsiglio's political theory.
Antony Black
. . . a welcome refinement and development in our understanding of a complex theorist, particulary in the areas of human sociability, political communitiy and the organization of government. As Nederman argues, Marsiglio deserves to be read today, especially for his thoughts on conflict, human diversity and difference.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780847679447
  • Publisher: Rowman & Littlefield Publishers, Inc.
  • Publication date: 10/1/1994
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Pages: 192
  • Product dimensions: 5.96 (w) x 8.98 (h) x 0.38 (d)

Meet the Author

Cary J. Nederman is assistant professor of political science at the University of Arizona and the editor of Marsiglio of Padua: Writings on the Empire (Cambridge University Press, 1993).

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Table of Contents

Acknowledgments
Introduction 1
Ch. 1 The Historical Bearing of the Defensor Pacis: Toward a Generic Theory of Politics 9
Ch. 2 Reason and Will, Nature and Consent: The Foundations of Marsiglian Community 29
Ch. 3 Communal Functionalism: Diversity and Identity in Marsiglian Politics 53
Ch. 4 Law, Reason, and Consent: The Making of Participatory Politics 73
Ch. 5 Government and Community, 1: Election and the Limitation of Authority 99
Ch. 6 Government and Community, 2: Plurality, Unity, and Jurisdiction 123
Ch. 7 Conclusion: Marsiglian Myths 143
Bibliography 149
Index 157
About the Author 163
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