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Orthodoxy and reason of state.

Hopfl, H. (2002) Orthodoxy and reason of state. History of Political Thought, 23 (2). pp. 211-237. ISSN 0143-781X

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Abstract

In the later sixteenth century, 'reason of state' was a vogue term in practical discourse, not a theory-backed concept. In order to cope with what they thought it designated, orthodox Catholic and Protestant thinkers had first to construct a coherent identity for it. In doing so, they also conflated it with 'Machiavellism' and the politiques. 'Reason of state' thereby acquired theorization and canonical authors. This essay seeks to show that defenders of Catholic religious and moral orthodoxy, notably Jesuit writers, did not find reason of state wholly repellent or intractable, but on the contrary largely domesticated, and appropriated, it.

Item Type: Article
Journal or Publication Title: History of Political Thought
Uncontrolled Keywords: Reason of state ; Machiavellianism ; politiques ; casuistry ; statecraft ; Jesuits (Society of Jesus) ; heresy ; othodoxy ; Catholic political thought ; politics ; morality
Subjects: J Political Science > JA Political science (General)
Departments: Faculty of Arts & Social Sciences > Politics & International Relations (Merged into PPR 2010-08-01)
ID Code: 13763
Deposited By: Mrs Yaling Zhang
Deposited On: 02 Oct 2008 09:22
Refereed?: Yes
Published?: Published
Last Modified: 18 Sep 2013 16:12
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URI: http://eprints.lancs.ac.uk/id/eprint/13763

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