Jesuit Political Thought

Jesuit Political Thought

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Harro HAppfl presents here a full-length study of the single most influential organized group of scholars and pamphleteers in early modern Europe (1540a€“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. HAppfl 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.... with its fundamental commitment to go wherever the Pope or their Superior General sent its members, a#39;whether to Turks, the ... a#39;Heresya#39;, as Rome defined it, had penetrated or become officially established in much of northern and eastern Europe ... it was all Ignatius could do to prevent his sons being made bishops or even cardinals.7 Foreign missions continued to be ... 6 LaApnez, Salmer Ion, and Favre (who died en route) were papal theologians at Trent; Canisius and Le Jay went asanbsp;...

Title:Jesuit Political Thought
Author:Harro Höpfl
Publisher:Cambridge University Press - 2004-07-29


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