IMC 2003: Sessions

Session 812: Marsilius of Padua as Political Thinker and Political Actor

Tuesday 15 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:Gerson Moreno-Riaño, Political Science Department, Regent University, Virginia
Paper 812-aThe Argument from Authority in Marsilius of Padua's Defensor pacis
(Language: English)
Floriano Jonas Cesar, Department of Philosophy, Universidade S Judas Tadeu, São Paulo
Index terms: Political Thought, Politics and Diplomacy
Paper 812-bMarsilius of Padua's Conception of Natural Law Revisited
(Language: English)
Holly Hamilton-Bleakley, University of St Andrews
Index terms: Political Thought, Politics and Diplomacy
Paper 812-cPhilosopher and Imperial Vicar: Marsilius of Padua's Role in Ludwig the Bavarian's Roman Expedition
(Language: English)
Frank Godthardt, Historisches Seminar, Universität Hamburg
Index terms: Philosophy, Political Thought, Politics and Diplomacy
Abstract

This session considers Marsilius’ role both as a political thinker as well as a political actor. The first lecture (Cesar) investigates Marsilius’ arguments from authority and his use of tradition as well as novelty to advance knowledge. Hamilton-Bleakley considers the use of natural law and natural right in Marsilius’ thought within its 14th century context. Godthardt deals with the little researched yet very important issue of Marsilius’ actual political career and his influence in the activities of Ludwig of Bavaria.