Robert Filmer - Nghia Nguyen British Study Seminar 11 Dr....

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Nghia Nguyen British Study Seminar 11 Dr. Helen Snow Q: Who was Robert Filmer? Why did he write Patriarcha? What were his views government, executive authority and man in the state of nature? Why Patriarcha was published in 1980? SIR ROBERT FILMER and PATRIARCHA "He fought for a losing cause, and suffered the fate of the vanquished."(Hearnshaw, p 27) Robert Filmer (1588 - 1563) was a political writer. Filmer was born into a gentry family in Kent, the eldest son of eighteen children. He entered Trinity College, Cambridge in 1604, but took no degree. He was called to the bar but never went into legal practice. He was knighted under Charles I. During the Civil War, he did not take part in the fighting; but his views on government and executive authority made him some loss of property and even imprisonment in 1643. Some of his works: 1648: The Free-holders Grand Inquest; The Anarchy of a Limited or Mixed Monarchy; The necessity of the Absolute powe of all Kings. 1652: Observations concerning the Original of Government; Obsevations upon Aristotles Politics
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