The Ideology of Order

The Ideology of Order : A Comparative Analysis of Jean Bodin and Thomas Hobbes

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A school of thought traceable to the political writings of Bodin and Hobbes believes that "order" is the cardinal principle which takes precedence over "justice" - which is reduced to conformity. The main concern of this book is to analyse this tradition through study of its more

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  • Paperback | 368 pages
  • 129 x 198mm | 680g
  • Taylor & Francis Ltd
  • London, United Kingdom
  • English
  • 1138992356
  • 9781138992351

Table of contents

Part 1 Introduction: absolutism and pluralism; the methodological relevance of history; distinctive features of the present analysis; indivudual and collective sovereignty in Bodin and Hobbes; federalism and pluralism; the legacy of order. Part 2 Absolutist perspectives: history - Italy and Machiavelli; history, France and Bodin; history, England and Hobbes. Part 3 Twilight of the pluralist state - Jean Bodin: Bodinian overview; the family; private corporate bodies; the family and private corporate bodies; public corporations - iuges et magistrats; the sovereign - exposition; the sovereign - analysis. Part 4 Dawn of the absolutist state - Thomas Hobbes: Hobbesian overview - facts and norms; Hobbesian overview - family and state; the individual; mother and infant; parent and child; corporate structure; state structure. Part 5 Conclusion: the ideology of order. Appendixes: Bodin on female rule; the justice/order problem in the Bodininan concept of law; the sovereign and legislator in Bodin; Bodinian absolutism from the "Methodus" to the "Republique"; comments on the source of political obligation in more