Sir Matthew Hale, 1609-1676: Law, Religion and Natural Philosophy
Cambridge University Press, Mar 16, 1995 - Biography & Autobiography - 264 pages
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.
What people are saying - Write a review
We haven't found any reviews in the usual places.
Coke the appeal to reason
Selden the appeal to contract
The rights of the Crown
Restoration the nature of laws
Restoration constitutional theory
Restoration legal practice
Hale and religious dissent
The Torricellian experiment
Hale and witchcraft
Other editions - View all
ancient argument Arminian authority believed Bench Bodleian Library body Boyle British Library Burnet Calvinist Cambridge Chief Justice Christian church civil claim Cobbett Coke's common law common lawyers concerned consent constitution contract court custom Descartes Discourse dispense divine English essay existence faith God's grace Grotius Hale's hath Hobbes House human Ibid ideas institution intellectual ius gentium John John Selden judgement judges jurisdiction kind king king's knowledge Lambeth latitudinarianism law of England least legislation liberty Lincoln's Lords manuscript matter mechanistic moral motion natural law object Oxford parliament parliamentary philosophy political prerogative presbyterian Primitive origination principle printed Protector puritan rational reason religion religious reports Restoration Richard Baxter role royal royalist rule seems Selden Selden Society sense Serjeant Ship Money Sir Matthew Hale soul sovereign spirit St German statute theory things Thomas Hobbes thought treatise trials truth usurper William writings