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  1. says:

    I was very disappointed in the editing of this volume a slim 150 page paperback for which I shelled out the euivalent of 30 bucks Of course Bodin's entire Six Books on the Commonwealth is uite a ponderous volume but abridging it down to just four of its 42 chapters seems a little extreme especially when they aren't necessarily the four chapters you're most interested in And the introduction in contrast to the general trend of great introductions in this series instead of giving a good general sketch of Bodin's project seems interested just on arguing and nitpicking with him which is hardly helpful for the neophyte Not that there's not plenty to argue with in here I was frustrated by Bodin's stark centralizing impulse in which all political power descends from a central national authority and local authority exists only by permission from the higher sovereign Not only do I think this is a bad idea but it seems to me simply unhistorical downright mythical as the centralized sovereign authorities in places like England and France in fact arrived uite late on the scene long after many of the regional and local authorities I don't know; perhaps Bodin's argument could be theoretically true without being historically true but it was hard to tell from these selections Indeed at many points his theory seemed to consist of interesting assertions which I could accept as an interesting hypothetical model of political authority but which never offered any compelling reason to accept them as true and normative Indeed the standard authorities that other political treatises of the period appeal to Scripture and natural law seemed to play very little role in his account at least in the chapters presented here

  2. says:

    A seminal text on the topic of sovereignty this edition brings together some of the most informative aspects of Bodin's much larger original text Considering the signs and sources of sovereignty Bodin takes us through a consideration of where political legitimacy comes from the perspective of a 16th Century French monarchist Excellent provocation for thought

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Les six livres de la républiue Bodin's Les six livres de la républiue is a vast synthesis of comparative public law and politics the theoretical core of which is formed by the four chapters translated in this volume These four chapters contain his celebrated theory of sovereignty which informed his thinking on the state and made his Républiue a landmark in the development of European political thought This theory however also contained a seductive but erroneous thesis that was of great importance for the development of royalist ideology the idea that sovereignty is indivisible that the entire power of the state has to be vested in a single individual or groupThis thesis together with the crisis of authority in the French religious wars led Bodin to a systematically absolutist interpretation of the French and other contemporary monarchies His primary aim was to exclude any legal ground of forcible resistance A king of France he hoped would continue to adhere to moral and prudential limitations but a proper king could not be lawfully constrainedThis is the first complete translation of these chapters into English since 1606 It is accompanied by a lucid introduction a chronology and a bibliography from the back cover

  • Paperback
  • 192 pages
  • Les six livres de la républiue
  • Jean Bodin
  • English
  • 27 June 2016
  • 9780521349925

About the Author: Jean Bodin

Jean Bodin 1530–1596 was a French jurist and political philosopher member of the Parlement of Paris and professor of law in Toulouse He is best known for his theory of sovereignty; he was also an influential writer on demonologyBodin lived during the aftermath of the Protestant Reformation and wrote against the background of religious conflict in France He remained a nominal Catholic through