Divine Sovereignty: He Origins of Modern State Power

by

Write The First Customer Review

How did the modern state become the Leviathan that Hobbes described? Engster challenges the common assertion that the state emerged from a new secular philosophy at the time of the Renaissance. He argues instead that early modern theorists legitimized state power by portraying it as a sanctified force for moral order within an otherwise secular and contingent world. Engster traces the modern development of state authority to the breakdown of medieval ideas of order encompassed in the "great chain of being." He then shows ...

Divine Sovereignty: He Origins of Modern State Power 2001, Northern Illinois University Press

ISBN-13: 9780875802756

Hardcover

Select