Hopfl, H. (2002) Orthodoxy and reason of state. History of Political Thought, 23 (2). pp. 211-237. ISSN 0143-781XFull text not available from this repository.
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.
|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)|
|Deposited By:||Mrs Yaling Zhang|
|Deposited On:||02 Oct 2008 09:22|
|Last Modified:||03 Nov 2015 13:59|
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