Sir Matthew Hale, 1609-1676: Law, Religion and Natural Philosophy

Sir Matthew Hale, 1609-1676: Law, Religion and Natural Philosophy

by Alan Cromartie, John Guy, Anthony Fletcher
     
 

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ISBN-10: 0521450438

ISBN-13: 9780521450430

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

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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.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780521450430
Publisher:
Cambridge University Press
Publication date:
12/28/2002
Series:
Cambridge Studies in Early Modern British History Series
Pages:
280
Product dimensions:
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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