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Author Höpfl, Harro

Title Jesuit political thought : the Society of Jesus and the state, c. 1540-1640 / Harro Hopfl
Published New York : Cambridge University Press, 2004


Description 1 online resource (xii, 406 pages)
Series Ideas in context ; 70
Ideas in context ; 70
Contents 1. character of the society of Jesus -- 2. society's organisational ideas -- 3. society and political matters -- 4. church, the society, and heresy -- 5. confrontation with reason of state -- 6. Reason of state and religious uniformity -- 7. Jesuit reason of state and fides -- 8. Reason of state, prudence, and the academic curriculum -- 9. theory of political authority -- 10. Limited government, compacts, and states of nature -- 11. theory of law -- 12. common good and individual rights -- 13. Tyrannicide, the oath of allegiance controversy, and the assassination of Henri IV -- 14. papal potestas indirecta
Summary Harro Höpfl presents here a full-length study of the single most influential organized group of scholars and pamphleteers in early modern Europe (1540-1630), namely the Jesuits. He explores the academic and political controversies in which they were engaged in and their contribution to academic discourse around ideas of 'the state' and 'politics'. He pays particular attention to their actual teaching concerning doctrines for whose menacing practical implications Jesuits generally were vilified: notably tyrannicide, the papal power to depose rulers, the legitimacy of 'Machiavellian' policies in dealing with heretics and the justifiability of breaking faith with heretics. Höpfl further explores the paradox of the Jesuits' political activities being at once the subject of conspiratorial fantasies but at the same time being widely acknowledged as among the foremost intellects of their time, with their thought freely cited and appropriated. This is an important work of scholarship
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references (pages 377-398) and index
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Subject Jesuits -- History -- 16th century.
Jesuits -- History -- 17th century.
Church and state -- Catholic Church -- History -- 16th century
Church and state -- Catholic Church -- History -- 17th century
PHILOSOPHY -- Political.
Church and state -- Catholic Church
Genre/Form History
Form Electronic book
ISBN 0511215800