Sir Matthew Hale 1609-1676 - Law, Religion and Natural Philosophy

By: Cromartie, Alan

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No signatures. No dust-jacket. ; x, [2], 264, [2] pages. Brown boards with gilt lettering on spine. Page dimensions: 228 x 149mm. Series: Cambridge Studies in Early Modern British History. "Sir Matthew Hale (1609-76) was the greatest common lawyer of his age, and the most universally admired. Although he held office under Oliver Cromwell, this barely affected his standing in Restoration times. A study of Hale's life and thought necessarily illuminates the central role of the common law in Stuart politics. This book explains Hale's political ideas, and his subtle understanding of the peculiar character of an 'unwritten' law. It also covers his extensive writings on scientific and religious questions, writings which document a shift from puritan to liberal Protestantism. His acute but equivocal response to the science of Descartes and Boyle reveals a fascinating interplay between his 'latitudinarianism' and the new natural philosophy. The result is a unique case study, and a comprehensive portrait of a seventeenth-century mind." Contents: Introduction: a summary life; Part I. Law: 1. Coke: the appeal to reason; 2. Selden: the appeal to contract; 3. The rights of the Crown; 4. Interregnum; 5. Protectorate; 6. Restoration: 'the nature of laws'; 7. Restoration: constitutional theory; 8. Restoration: legal practice; Part II. Religion: 9. Hales's 'puritanism'; 10. Hale's 'latitudinarianism'; 11. Hale and religious dissent; Part III. Natural Philosophy: 12. Natural motions; 13. The Torricellian experiment; 14. The soul; Conclusion; Appendix; Bibliography.

Title: Sir Matthew Hale 1609-1676 - Law, Religion and Natural Philosophy

Author Name: Cromartie, Alan

Categories: Other,

Edition: First Edition

Publisher: Cambridge, Cambridge University Press: (1995)

ISBN Number: 0521450438

ISBN Number 13: 9780521450430

Binding: Hardcover

Book Condition: Near Fine with no dust jacket

Seller ID: 18998