Crown under Law: Richard Hooker, John Locke, and the Ascent of Modern Constitutionalism

Crown under Law: Richard Hooker, John Locke, and the Ascent of Modern Constitutionalism

by Alexander S. Rosenthal
     
 

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ISBN-10: 0739124137

ISBN-13: 9780739124130

Pub. Date: 05/13/2008

Publisher: Lexington Books

Crown under Law is an account of how and why the constitutional idea arose in early modern England. The book focuses on two figures: Richard Hooker and John Locke. Alexander S. Rosenthal characterizes Hooker as a transitional figure who follows the medieval natural law tradition even while laying the groundwork for Locke's political thought. The book challenges the

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Crown under Law is an account of how and why the constitutional idea arose in early modern England. The book focuses on two figures: Richard Hooker and John Locke. Alexander S. Rosenthal characterizes Hooker as a transitional figure who follows the medieval natural law tradition even while laying the groundwork for Locke's political thought. The book challenges the influential interpretation of Locke by Leo Strauss (who saw Locke as a radical modernist) by illustrating the lines of continuity between Locke's argument in Two Treatises of Government and the earlier political tradition represented by Hooker. In the course of this intellectual history, Rosenthal explores the perennial themes of political philosophy: what is the origin of political authority, and what conditions render it legitimate? What is the nature of consent and representation? Who holds sovereignty within the state? What laws, if any, ought to bind the exercise of rule? By illustrating the often distinctive manner in which Hooker addresses the great questions, and how he powerfully affects later developments such as Locke's conception of the state, Rosenthal's Crown under Law establishes the important place of Richard Hooker in the history of political thought.

About the Author:
Alexander S. Rosenthal is a lecturer on political theory at Johns Hopkins University's Advanced Academic Programs in Government

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780739124130
Publisher:
Lexington Books
Publication date:
05/13/2008
Pages:
358
Product dimensions:
6.30(w) x 9.28(h) x 1.14(d)

Table of Contents


Acknowledgments     ix
List of Illustrations     xi
Crown under Law: A General Introduction     xiii
Richard Hooker and the Theological Politics of Elizabethan England
The Historical and Theological Context of Richard Hooker's Laws     3
Hooker's Politics of Divine Law     47
Hooker's Theory of Political Dominion     83
Richard Hooker, John Locke, and the Great Debates of the Seventeenth Century
The Tory Hooker and the Whig Hooker     143
The "Judicious Hooker"     203
Conclusion     245
Appendix 1     267
Appendix 2     289
Bibliography     307
Index     317
About the Author     325

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