Category Archives: Jean Bodin

Chapter Eight

Chapter Eight is now done. It needed work in two main areas – expanding and developing the treatment of Luther; and dramatically cutting down the discussion of King Lear. The Lear material might make a journal article in its expanded … Continue reading

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Posted in Giovanni Botero, Jean Bodin, Martin Luther, Michel Foucault, Neil Brenner, Niccolò Machiavelli, Philipp Melanchthon, The Birth of Territory | 1 Comment

Territory book progress

I’ve been making slow but steady progress on chapter nine of my territory book. A lot of this has been checking minor details in libraries, including original language sources such as the Latin for a few quotes from Newton’s Principia … Continue reading

Posted in Andreas Knichen, Bartolus of Sassoferrato, Bogislaw Philipp von Chemnitz, Gottfried Leibniz, Henri de Boulainviller, Isaac Newton, James Harrington, Jean Bodin, Johannes Althusius, Johannes Hertius, Martin Luther, Michel Foucault, Philipp Melanchthon, Samuel Pufendorf, Territory, The Birth of Territory | 3 Comments

Gratton on sovereignty

Peter Gratton replies to two of my recent posts here and here. Both replies have great titles. The first is a discussion of the canon. Peter writes  As someone who wrote an entire chapter on Boulainviller, I’m happy to change … Continue reading

Posted in Boundaries, Gottfried Leibniz, Jean Bodin, John Locke, Michel Foucault, Peter Gratton, Territory, The Birth of Territory, Walter Ralegh | 3 Comments

Reading texts, the canon, and historical access

Having been away for the weekend I feel like the blog debate that has been going on about Derrida and realism has largely passed me by. That’s fine, in a sense, because it’s not something I’m especially concerned with. (You … Continue reading

Posted in Alain Badiou, Gottfried Leibniz, Jacques Derrida, Jane Bennett, Jean Bodin, Jean Jacques Rousseau, John Locke, Michel Foucault, Robert Filmer, The Birth of Territory, Thomas Hobbes | 2 Comments

Jean Bodin

I think I may finally have finished with Jean Bodin. Bodin’s Six Livres de la République is probably more talked about than read, and there is no modern English translation of the complete work. (There is an abridged edition from … Continue reading

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Initial thoughts on Andreas Knichen

I’ve been slowly struggling my way through Andreas Knichen’s 1600 book, De sublimi et regio territorii iure synoptica tractatio. Knichen was a German jurist and political advisor. Some thoughts:- – Knichen explicitly links the notion of Landeshoheit with superioritas territorialis. … Continue reading

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