Patriarcha And Other Political Works

Overview

Robert Filmer's prime assumption is that the Bible contains the entire truth about the nature of the world and the nature of society. Along with details of recorded history from the beginning to the death of the Apostles, the Bible also includes the laws that would govern history from that time to the end of the world. This central assumption was shared by nearly every member of Tory Christendom in
England in the seventeenth century.

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Overview

Robert Filmer's prime assumption is that the Bible contains the entire truth about the nature of the world and the nature of society. Along with details of recorded history from the beginning to the death of the Apostles, the Bible also includes the laws that would govern history from that time to the end of the world. This central assumption was shared by nearly every member of Tory Christendom in
England in the seventeenth century.

In the same way, Filmer holds that it is impossible for a people to escape political anarchy once it is assumed that all individuals are independent and equal. It is also impossible for people to escape from collectivism, if it is granted that everyone has a moral right to an equal share of the gifts of nature.

In explaining why Filmer remains both important and influential, Laslett argues that his reputation owes a great deal to the fortuitous circumstances of the time at which his works were resuscitated. His work passed almost unnoticed when it was first issued. Only the position of the Tory party gave his views prominence. The value of
Patriarcha as a historical document consists primarily in its revelation of the strength and persistence in European culture of the patriarchal attitude to political problems.
The opening essay by Laslett offers a brilliant analysis of late seventeenth-century English politics and philosophy.
Long unavailable, this is a masterpiece of religious conservatism that still registers in debates at present.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781412810258
  • Publisher: Transaction Publishers
  • Publication date: 6/1/2009
  • Pages: 334
  • Product dimensions: 6.20 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 1.00 (d)

Table of Contents

Introduction 1

Biographical 1

Filmer's Argument 11

Patriarchalism in Seventeenth-century Thinking: Filmer and his Contemporaries 20

The Republication of Filmer's Works: Filmer, Locke and Liberalism 33

Bibliographical Note 44

Concise Bibliography of the Works of Sir Robert Filmer 47

Patriarcha 49

The Freeholder's Grand Inquest Touching The King and His Parliament 127

Observations Upon Aristotle's Politiques Touching Forms of Government 185

Directions For Obedience to Government In Dangerous or Doubtful Times 231

Observations Concerning the Original of Government 237

Observations on Mr. Hobbes's Leviathan 241

Observations on Mr. Milton Against Salmasius 251

Observations upon H. Grotius De Jure Belli et Pacis 261

The Anarchy of a Limited or Mixed Monarchy 275

The Necessity of the Absolute Power of all Kings 315

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