Argument and Authority in Early Modern England


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Preface; Introduction; 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; Epilogue; Bibliography; Index.

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A radical reappraisal of the character of moral and political theory in early modern England.

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Conal Condren is Scientia Professor in Politics and International Relations at the University of New South Wales.

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