IMC 2003: Sessions

Session 612: Theological Implications of Marsilius of Padua's Defensor Pacis

Tuesday 15 July 2003, 11.15-12.45

Sponsor:Politica: Society for the Study of Medieval Political Thought
Organiser:Gerson Moreno-Riaño, Political Science Department, Regent University, Virginia
Moderator/Chair:Christopher M. Cullen, Department of Philosophy, Fordham University
Paper 612-aThe Impact of Marsilius: Papalist Reactions to the Defensor Pacis
(Language: English)
Thomas Turley, Department of History, Santa Clara University, California
Index terms: Ecclesiastical History, Political Thought, Theology
Paper 612-bThe Nature of Grace and its Relevance to Political Philosophy In Marsilius of Padua's Defensor pacis
(Language: English)
Michael J. Sweeney, Department of Philosophy, Xavier University, Ohio
Index terms: Law, Political Thought, Theology
Paper 612-cMarsilius and Hobbes on Religion and Papal Power: Some Observations on Similarities
(Language: English)
Bettina Koch, Institut für Politikwissenschaft, Carl von Ossietzky-Universität, Oldenburg
Index terms: Law, Political Thought

This session considers the theological implications of Marsilius’ thought. Turley focuses on the response of papal polemicists to the Defensor arguing that Marsilius’s penchant for driving dangerous doctrines to extreme conclusions forced into the open divisions in papalist theory, and drew papal defenders to develop modes new to papalist discourse. Sweeney considers the conceptualization of grace in Marsilius’ thought. In particular, whether or not Marsilius’ political philosophy necessitates a view of divine law that reduces grace to legal teaching. Koch’s paper investigates the similarities between Marsilius and Hobbes in terms of the status of religion and the conceptualization of papal power and the implications of these for the political community