Argument and Authority in Early Modern England: The Presupposition of Oaths and Offices

Argument and Authority in Early Modern England: The Presupposition of Oaths and Offices

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Conal Condren
Cambridge University Press, 3/17/2006
EAN 9780521859080, ISBN10: 0521859085

Hardcover, 412 pages, 23.6 x 16.4 x 3.1 cm
Language: English
Originally published in English

Conal Condren offers a radical reappraisal of the character of moral and political theory in early modern England through an exploration of pervasive arguments about office. In this context he explores the significance of oath-taking and three of the major crises around oaths and offices in the seventeenth century. This fresh focus on office brings into serious question much of what has been taken for granted in the study of early modern political and moral theory concerning, for example, the interplay of ideologies, the emergence of a public sphere, of liberalism, reason of state, de facto theory, and perhaps even political theory and moral agency as we know it. Argument and Authority is a major new work from a senior scholar of early modern political thought, of interest to a wide range of historians, philosophers and literary scholars.

Part I. The Liquid Empire of Office
1. An overview
2. Ceremonies of office
the kiss of the Tutti-Man
3. Institutionalised office
a sense of the scavenger
4. The vocabulary of office
5. Offices of the intellect
player, poet and philosopher
6. Soul and conscience
Part II. The Authority and Insolence of Office
7. The cases of patriot and counsellor
8. Casuistry as the mediation of office
9. The case of resistance to superior power
10. Metaphor and political autonomy
Part III 'I, A, B'
11. An overview of the oath in seventeenth-century argument
12. Coronation oaths
13. The oath of allegiance of 1606
14. Engagement with a free state
15. The oath of allegiance and the Revolution of 1688–9