Cesare Cuttica

in Sir Robert Filmer (1588-1653) and the Patriotic Monarch

Published by Manchester University Press

Published in print December 2012 | ISBN: 9780719083747
Published online January 2013 | e-ISBN: 9781781704745 | DOI:

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The Conclusion illustrates the achievements and novelty of the book. The latter has cast new light on many overlooked aspects of Sir Robert Filmer's biography and intellectual activity. It has abandoned mainstream interpretations of his political ideas and rethought the definition of a patriarchalist canon. More specifically, overdue attention has been paid to his most important writing, Patriarcha (1620s-30s). The latter – a much vituperated text whose name has historically been associated with oppressive and backward political thinking – has been examined as a powerful and radical expression of the theory here labelled political patriarchalism. To conclude, this book hopes to make an important contribution to the study of the political thought and culture of the entire seventeenth century. In fact, the paradigms of patriarchalism and patriotism work as lenses that bring into focus a series of decisive facets of early modern political theory and practice.

Keywords: Filmer/ re-evaluation of; Patriarcha; Historiographical originality; Patriarchalism; Patriotism; Seventeenth century

Chapter.  2420 words. 

Subjects: Early Modern History (1500 to 1700)

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