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Sir Matthew Hale, 1609-1676: law, religion, and natural philosophy

Sir Matthew Hale, 1609-1676: law, religion, and natural philosophy

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Edition Details

  • Creator or Attribution (Responsibility): Alan Cromartie
  • Language: English
  • Jurisdiction(s): England
  • Publication Information: Cambridge ; New York, NY, USA : Cambridge University Press, 1995
  • Publication Type (Medium): Biography, History
  • Material: Biography, Internet resource
  • Type: Book, Internet Resource
  • Series title: Cambridge studies in early modern British history.
  • Permalink: http://books.lawi.org.uk/sir-matthew-hale-1609-1676-law-religion-and-natural-philosophy/ (Stable identifier)

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X, 264 pages ; 24 cm.

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Useful for students learning an area of law, Sir Matthew Hale, 1609-1676: law, religion, and natural philosophy is also useful for lawyers seeking to apply the law to issues arising in practice.

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Bibliographic information

  • Responsable Person: Alan Cromartie.
  • Publication Date: 1995
  • Country/State: England
  • Number of Editions: 12 editions
  • First edition Date: 1995
  • Last edition Date: 2003
  • Languages: British English
  • Library of Congress Code: KD621.H34
  • Dewey Code: 340.092
  • ISBN: 0521450438 9780521450430
  • OCLC: 30028367

Publisher Description:

Sir Matthew Hale (1609-76) was the greatest common lawyer of his age, and the most universally admired. Although he held office under Oliver Cromwell, this barely affected his standing in Restoration times. A study of Hale's life and thought necessarily ILluminates the central role of the common law in Stuart politics. This book explains Hale's political ideas, and his subtle understanding of the peculiar character of an 'unwritten' law. It also covers his extensive writings on scientific and religious questions, writings which document a shift from puritan to liberal Protestantism. His acute but equivocal response to the science of Descartes and Boyle reveals a fascinating interplay between his 'latitudinarianism' and the new natural philosophy. The result is a unique case study, and a comprehensive portrait of a seventeenth-century mind.

Table of Contents

Introduction: a summary life
Part I. Law: 1. Coke: the appeal to reason
2. Selden: the appeal to contract
3. The rights of the Crown
4. Interregnum
5. Protectorate
6. Restoration: 'the nature of laws'
7. Restoration: constitutional theory
8. Restoration: legal practice
Part II. Religion: 9. Hales's 'puritanism'
10. Hale's 'latitudinarianism'
11. Hale and religious dissent
Part III. Natural Philosophy: 12. Natural motions
13. The Torricellian experiment
14. The soul
Conclusion
Appendix
Bibliography.

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