Sir Matthew Hale, 1609-1676: Law, Religion and Natural Philosophyby Alan Cromartie, John Guy, Anthony Fletcher
Pub. Date: 12/28/2002
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Sir Matthew Hale (1609-76) was the best-known judge of the Commonwealth under Oliver Cromwell, but he nonetheless rose to be Lord Chief Justice under King Charles II. His constitutional ideas are of interest both to lawyers and to historians of political thought; but he also wrote extensively on scientific and religious questions, in ways that illustrate the birth of early Enlightenment attitudes to both. This book surveys all aspects of Hale>'s work, and supplies fresh perspectives on revolutionary developments in science and religion, as well as politics.
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- Cambridge Studies in Early Modern British History Series
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- 5.98(w) x 8.98(h) x 0.75(d)
Table of Contents
Introduction: a summary life; Part I. Law: 1. Coke: the appeal to reason; 2. Selden: the appeal to contract; 3. The rights of the Crown; 4. Interregnum; 5. Protectorate; 6. Restoration: 'the nature of laws'; 7. Restoration: constitutional theory; 8. Restoration: legal practice; Part II. Religion: 9. Hales's 'puritanism'; 10. Hale's 'latitudinarianism'; 11. Hale and religious dissent; Part III. Natural Philosophy: 12. Natural motions; 13. The Torricellian experiment; 14. The soul; Conclusion; Appendix; Bibliography.
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