IMC 2003: Sessions

Session 312: Political Power in the Thought of Marsilius of Padua

Monday 14 July 2003, 16.30-18.00

Sponsor:Politica: Society for the Study of Medieval Political Thought
Organiser:Gerson Moreno-Riaño, Political Science Department, Regent University, Virginia
Moderator/Chair:Dennis W. Moran, Review of Politics, University of Notre Dame, Indiana
Paper 312-aIdeas of Power in the Political Thought of Marsilius of Padua
(Language: English)
Joseph Peter Canning, University of Cambridge
Index terms: Law, Political Thought
Paper 312-bPoverty and Political Power in Marsilius of Padua's Defensor Pacis
(Language: English)
Gerson Moreno-Riaño, Political Science Department, Regent University, Virginia
Index terms: Law, Political Thought
Paper 312-cFranciscan Poverty and Marsilius of Padua's Political Philosophy
(Language: English)
Christopher M. Cullen, Department of Philosophy, Fordham University
Index terms: Law, Political Thought
Abstract

This session focuses on concepts of power and their use in Marsilius’ writing. Canning is currently working on a book regarding ideas of power in the late middle-ages in which Marsilius is treated. His paper focuses on the conceptualization of power in Marsilius’ writings. Moreno-Riano focuses on Marsilius’ discussion and use of evangelical poverty, ius, and status, to buttress the need and importance of political power. Cullen traces the Franciscan understanding of poverty up until Marsilius and addresses how Marsilius departs from this understanding and the role in which Franciscan poverty played in his political thought.