The Folger Library Edition of the Works of Richard Hooker, Volumes I and II: Of the Laws of Ecclesiastical Polity: Preface and Books I-V

The Folger Library Edition of the Works of Richard Hooker, Volumes I and II: Of the Laws of Ecclesiastical Polity: Preface and Books I-V

by Richard Hooker
     
 

ISBN-10: 0674632052

ISBN-13: 9780674632059

Pub. Date: 01/01/1977

Publisher: Harvard


Richard Hooker is the first major voice of Anglican theology, and his defense of the Elizabethan Church against the attacks of the Puritans set the prevailing tone of Anglicanism for centuries to follow. Through his eloquent treatise on ecclesiastical law the medieval political thought of Thomas Aquinas became a part of the English political heritage, to be used

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Richard Hooker is the first major voice of Anglican theology, and his defense of the Elizabethan Church against the attacks of the Puritans set the prevailing tone of Anglicanism for centuries to follow. Through his eloquent treatise on ecclesiastical law the medieval political thought of Thomas Aquinas became a part of the English political heritage, to be used by such writers as Locke, Burke, and Coleridge. The Laws of Ecclesiastical Polity is also a primary statement in English of a theory of natural law. Finally, we must turn to Hooker if we are to understand the intellectual background of the Renaissance, for he luminously sets forth the ethical, political, and religious assumptions of his age.
The Folger Library has answered a long-felt need in sponsoring this critical, old-spelling edition of Hooker's Works, prepared with all the expertise modern scholarship can bring to bear. Six scholars share the editorial responsibility, consulting their eighteen-member Board of Advisers as necessary. The texts for the edition are based on fresh transcriptions of the earliest and most authoritative documents, in many cases manuscripts written or corrected by Hooker himself or contemporary transcripts of these. The critical apparatus for each text records substantive variants among the authoritative documents as well as departures in accidentals from the copy text. The aim of the apparatus is to enable the interested reader to reconstruct the authority underlying the text.

The Preface and Books I-V of the Laws of Ecclesiastical Polity, volumes one and two of this edition, represent all of Hooker's work published in his lifetime. These volumes were prepared by Georges Edelen, Professor of English at Indiana University, and W. Speed Hill, Associate Professor of English, Herbert H. Lehman College, City University of New York.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780674632059
Publisher:
Harvard
Publication date:
01/01/1977
Series:
Folger Library Edition of the Works of Richard Hooker Series
Pages:
1030
Product dimensions:
6.25(w) x 9.50(h) x (d)

Table of Contents

VOLUME 1

Publishing History: The First Five Books of the Lawes

Textual Introduction: The First Four Books

OF THE LAWES OF ECCLESIASTICALL POLITIE

1. Preface

2. The First Book

3. The Second Book

4. The Third Book

5. The Fourth Book

6. John Spenser, To the Reader

7. Textual Commentary

Appendix I. Nonsubstantive Variants

Appendix II. Corrections of Miscitations

Appendix III. The Composition, Printing, and Proofing of the 1593 Folio

VOLUME 2

Textual Introduction: The Fifth Book

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