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"The study of history is the beginning of political wisdom." -- Jean Bodin
Jean Bodin (1530—1596), born in Angers, was a French jurist and political philosopher, member of the Parlement of Paris and professor of law in Toulouse. He is best known for his theory of sovereignty (see Divine Right of Kings).
Bodin lived during the Reformation, writing against the background of religious and civil conflict - particularly that, in his native France, between the (Calvinist) Huguenots and the state-supported Catholic Church. He remained a Catholic throughout his life but was critical of papal authority and was sometimes accused of crypto-Calvinism. Towards the end of his life he wrote a dialogue between different religions, including representatives of Judaism, Islam and natural theology, in which all agreed to coexist in concord.
His books divided opinion: some French writers were full of praise, while the later Scottish philosopher, Francis Hutchinson was his detractor, criticising his methodology.
He died in Laon during an epidemic of bubonic plague.
Methodus Ad Facilem Historiarum Cognitionem more ï¿½
Total Books: 31
De La Demonomanie Des Sorciers (on the Demon Worship of Sorcerers) more ï¿½