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Freedom and the Construction of Europe

Volume 2. Free Persons and Free States


Quentin Skinner, Annabel Brett, Felicity Green, Freya Sierhuis, Martina Reuter, Avi Lifschitz, Iain Hampsher-Monk, Antti Tahvanainen, Rosanna Cox, Theodore Christov, Reidar Maliks, Alexander Schmidt, Lena Halldenius, Catherine Ballériaux, Fonna Forman, Michael Cook
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  • Date Published: June 2020
  • availability: Available
  • format: Paperback
  • isbn: 9781108817783

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  • Freedom, today perceived simply as a human right, was a continually contested idea in the early modern period. In Freedom and the Construction of Europe an international group of scholars explore the richness, diversity and complexity of thinking about freedom in the shaping of modernity. Volume 2 considers free persons and free states, examining differing views about freedom of thought and action and their relations to conceptions of citizenship. Debates about freedom have been fundamental to the construction of modern Europe, but represent a part of our intellectual heritage that is rarely examined in depth. These volumes provide materials for thinking in fresh ways not merely about the concept of freedom, but how it has come to be understood in our own time.

    • Truly world-class team of contributors assembled by two of the world's leading historians of ideas
    • Discussion ranges across the length and breadth of Europe, exploring a wide range of thinkers, political systems and Protestant, Catholic and Islamic states
    • Sheds fresh light on a neglected part of Europe's intellectual heritage, which is as resonant today as in centuries past
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    • Date Published: June 2020
    • format: Paperback
    • isbn: 9781108817783
    • length: 421 pages
    • dimensions: 170 x 245 x 20 mm
    • weight: 7.02kg
    • availability: Available
  • Table of Contents

    Introduction Quentin Skinner
    Part I. Free Persons and Freedom of Action:
    1. Human freedom and Jesuit moral theology Annabel Brett
    2. Freedom and self-possession: the case of Montaigne's Essais Felicity Green
    3. Autonomy and inner freedom: Lipsius and the revival of stoicism Freya Sierhuis
    4. Freedom of the will as a basis for equality: Descartes, Princess Elisabeth and Poullain de la Barre Martina Reuter
    5. Language as a means and an obstacle to freedom: the case of Moses Mendelssohn Avi Lifschitz
    Part II. Free Citizens and the State:
    6. Liberty and citizenship in early modern English political discourse Iain Hampsher-Monk
    7. Free elections and freedom of speech in English republican thought Antti Tahvanainen
    8. John Milton's free citizens and the politics of the family Rosanna Cox
    9. Vattel's Rousseau: Jus Gentium and the natural liberty of states Theodore Christov
    10. The state of freedom: Kant and his conservative critics Reidar Maliks
    11. Freedom and state action in German Enlightenment thought Alexander Schmidt
    12. The political conditions of free agency: the case of Mary Wollstonecraft Lena Halldenius
    Part III. Freedom and the Limits of Europe:
    13. The idea of freedom in missionary writings about the new world Catherine Ballériaux
    14. From European to cosmopolitan freedom Fonna Forman
    15. Is political freedom an Islamic value? Michael Cook.

  • Editors

    Quentin Skinner, Queen Mary University of London
    Quentin Skinner is Barber Beaumont Professor of the Humanities, Department of History, Queen Mary, University of London.

    Martin van Gelderen, European University Institute, Florence
    Martin van Gelderen held the Chair of European Intellectual History at the European University from 2003 until 2012 and is now Director of the Lichtenberg Kolleg, Göttingen Institute for Advanced Studies in the Humanities and Social Sciences.


    Quentin Skinner, Annabel Brett, Felicity Green, Freya Sierhuis, Martina Reuter, Avi Lifschitz, Iain Hampsher-Monk, Antti Tahvanainen, Rosanna Cox, Theodore Christov, Reidar Maliks, Alexander Schmidt, Lena Halldenius, Catherine Ballériaux, Fonna Forman, Michael Cook

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