Bossuet: Politics Drawn from the Very Words of Holy Scripture

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Cambridge University Press, 1990 - 415 páginas
This 1991 book was the first ever English rendition of the classic statement of divine right absolutism, published in 1707. Jacques-Benigne Bossuet argues in the Politics that a general society of the entire human race, governed by Christian charity, has given way (after the Fall) to the necessity of politcs, law, and absolute hereditary monarchy. That monarchy - seen as natural, universal and divinely ordained (beginning with David and Solomon) is defended in the first half of the book. The last part, added soon before Bossuet's death, goes on to take up the rights of the Church, the distinction between absolutism and arbitrariness, and causes of just war. Patrick Riley has provided full supporting materials including a chronology, guide to further reading, and a lucid introduction placing Bossuet in his historical and intellectual context.

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Preface page
xi
Chronology
lxix
Biographical synopses
lxxvi
First Book Of the principles of human society
3
To form nations and unite the people it
14
Consequences of the general principles
24
Conclusion To conclude this book and to reduce it
36
and hereditary type is the most proper
39
Errors of men of the world and statesmen
211
What care great kings have taken for
223
Religious motives peculiar to kings
244
Eighth Book The particular duties of royalty
259
On the virtues which must accompany justice
273
Obstacles to justice
281
arms
287
On unjust motives for war
293

Article 11on the right of conquest
52
Royal authority is paternal and its proper
62
Fourth Book On the characteristics of royalty
81
Second Article On softness irresolution and false
96
Fifth Book Fourth and final characteristic
103
Means by which the prince can acquire
129
On dangerous curiosities and kinds
154
prince based on the preceding doctrine
167
On the obedience due to the prince
173
David
184
Seventh Book On the particular duties
191
On wars between citizens together with their
302
Though God made war for his people in
315
On military virtues institutions orders
322
various observations
333
Tenth and Final Book Continuation of helps
345
On counsel
357
The prince is reminded of different characters
371
To help the prince to know men well
383
On the conduct of the prince in his family
389
Conclusion In what the true happiness of kings consists
409
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