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John Selden and the Western Political Tradition

John Selden and the Western Political Tradition

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  • Date Published: July 2017
  • availability: Available
  • format: Hardback
  • isbn: 9781107011342

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  • Legal and political theorist, common lawyer and parliamentary leader, historian and polyglot, John Selden (1584–1654) was a formidable figure in Renaissance England, whose real importance and influence are now being recognized once again. John Selden and the Western Political Tradition highlights his important role in the development of such early modern political ideas as modern natural law and natural rights, national identity and tradition, the political integration of church and state, and the effect of Jewish ideas on Western political thought. Selden's political ideas are analysed in the context of his contemporaries Grotius, Hobbes and Filmer. The book demonstrates how these ideas informed and influenced more familiar works of later thinkers like Burke.

    • Proposes a new interpretation of Selden as an important thinker of the Anglo American constitutional tradition
    • Offers, for the first time, a comprehensive picture of Selden's ideas on religion and society
    • Presents in full the role of Selden's immersion in Jewish thought on his political ideas
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    Reviews & endorsements

    'This book offers a fresh reassessment of John Selden’s position and role in the western political tradition. … Ofir Haivry’s well-researched, convincing book has reconstructed John Selden’s political theory in a coherent, comprehensive manner, accurately reassessed his contributions to the English constitutional tradition and, thus, appropriately repositioned his work within the western political tradition.' Diego Lucci, The Journal of Ecclesiastical History

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    Product details

    • Date Published: July 2017
    • format: Hardback
    • isbn: 9781107011342
    • length: 518 pages
    • dimensions: 235 x 156 x 32 mm
    • weight: 0.88kg
    • contains: 13 b/w illus.
    • availability: Available
  • Table of Contents

    1. Introduction: 'Glory of the English nation' – the life, works and ideas of John Selden
    2. Selden and the early modern crisis of knowledge and obligation
    3. Selden and the early modern dispute about the foundations of political order
    4. Law 'fitted to the genius of the nation': Selden's theory of national tradition in law and politics
    5. Selden and the 'universal philosophy of morals' drawn from the Hebrew tradition
    6. A 'single sword': Selden's theory of religion and state
    7. Conclusion: John Selden and the tradition of historical constitutionalism

  • Author

    Ofir Haivry, The Herzl Institute, Jerusalem
    Ofir Haivry is the co-founder and currently Vice-President of The Herzl Institute, Jerusalem, a research institute and training centre in the fields of Jewish political thought, Jewish philosophy and political Hebraism. He is also Director of the Herzl Institute's National Strategy Initiative. Haivry was founding Editor-in-Chief of the Shalem Press and of its flagship publication, Azure magazine. He serves on several high-profile public councils and committees in Israel, including Israel's Council for Higher Education and Israel's Council for Archaeology.

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