Jump to ContentJump to Main Navigation
The Watershed of Modern PoliticsLaw, Virtue, Kingship, and Consent (1300-1650)$
Users without a subscription are not able to see the full content.

Francis Oakley

Print publication date: 2015

Print ISBN-13: 9780300194432

Published to Yale Scholarship Online: January 2016

DOI: 10.12987/yale/9780300194432.001.0001

Show Summary Details
Page of

PRINTED FROM YALE SCHOLARSHIP ONLINE (www.yale.universitypressscholarship.com). (c) Copyright Yale University Press, 2018. All Rights Reserved. Under the terms of the licence agreement, an individual user may print out a PDF of a single chapter of a monograph in YSO for personal use (for details see www.yale.universitypressscholarship.com/page/privacy-policy).date: 16 October 2018

The Politics of Sin

The Politics of Sin

From Aegidius Romanus, Fitzralph, and Wycliffe to Luther, Zwingli, Calvin, and the Radical Reformers

(p.91) 4. The Politics of Sin
The Watershed of Modern Politics

Francis Oakley

Yale University Press

This chapter identifies three prevailing modes of political thought in fourteenth- and fifteenth-century humanistic education. Firstly, the political community was viewed in positive and naturalistic terms to the humanists—as a school for character, and as the arena wherein man might fulfill his moral potentiality and reach out to attain a life of virtue. Secondly, the Augustinian understanding of political subordination as a state not natural to humankind was nudged to the side by the humanists during both centuries—as the outcome of man’s primordial fall from grace, and of political authority as a divinely ordered punishment and remedy for sin. Lastly, it was assumed that, in the primitive state of innocence, all things were held in common so that private property was “really another disciplinary institution intended to check and counteract the vicious dispositions of men.”

Keywords:   humanistic education, political community, moral potentiality, political subordination, political authority, private property

Yale Scholarship Online requires a subscription or purchase to access the full text of books within the service. Public users can however freely search the site and view the abstracts and keywords for each book and chapter.

Please, subscribe or login to access full text content.

If you think you should have access to this title, please contact your librarian.

To troubleshoot, please check our FAQs , and if you can't find the answer there, please contact us.