Discourses Concerning Government, 2nd Edition

Author:   Algernon Sidney ,  Thomas G. West
Publisher:   Liberty Fund Inc
Edition:   2nd Revised edition
ISBN:  

9780865971424


Pages:   645
Publication Date:   01 March 1996
Format:   Paperback
Availability:   In Print   Availability explained
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Written in response to Sir Robert Filmer's Patriarcha (1680), the Discourses Concerning Government by Algernon Sidney (1623-1683) has been respected for more than three centuries as a classic defence of republicanism and popular government. Sidney rejected Filmer's theories of royal absolutism and divine right of kings, insisting that title to rule should be based on merit rather than on birth; and republics, he thought, were more likely to honour merit than were monarchies. Like Milton, Sidney revered and idealised the Commonwealth (1649-1660) as England's noble achievement in the grand tradition of ancient Greece and Rome. Sidney's treatise was published posthumously in 1698, 15 years after he was executed for complicity in a plot to assassinate Charles II. Sidney's papers, including a draft of the Discourses , were used as evidence against him. Although there is nothing in the work incompatible with a constitutional monarchy, the indictment claimed that it was a false, seditious and traitorous libel , citing sentences which stated that the king is subject to law and is responsible to the people. Sidney's Discourses was widely read in the colonies, and influenced a number of American revolutionary leaders.

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Author:   Algernon Sidney ,  Thomas G. West
Publisher:   Liberty Fund Inc
Imprint:   Liberty Fund Inc
Edition:   2nd Revised edition
Dimensions:   Width: 23.00cm , Height: 4.10cm , Length: 15.50cm
Weight:   1.073kg
ISBN:  

9780865971424


ISBN 10:   0865971420
Pages:   645
Publication Date:   01 March 1996
Audience:   College/higher education ,  Professional and scholarly ,  Undergraduate ,  Postgraduate, Research & Scholarly
Format:   Paperback
Publisher's Status:   Active
Availability:   In Print   Availability explained
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