The Concepts of Power and Authority in Medieval and Early Modern European Thought
Call for articles: Philosophy. Journal of Higher School of Economics (June 2022)
Co-editors: Alexander Marey (NRU HSE) & Daniel Panateri (Conicet-Unsam)
Modern dictionaries and encyclopaedias generally define authority according to Max Weber’s conception as one’s possibility to make another person do something or not to do according to the subject of power’s will, even if it is contrary to his desire. It is a so-called “conative theory of power”. However, this conception is relatively young because it is a product of modern culture. Medieval culture cultivated another view on power and authority based on the Christian (on one side) and the Ancient Roman (on another) foundations. It is worth taking into account also the ideas on power elaborated by non-christian philosophers.
Within this frame, we would like to invite colleagues around the world to provide their perspectives and thoughts about the Medieval and Early Modern conceptions of power and authority. With this proposal, we seek to discuss the principal conceptual models and discursive modes which were used to think of power. We would like to suggest that proposals focus on specific thinkers or jurists (as Bartolo di Sassoferrato, Marsilio di Padua, Giles of Rome, etc.) and their conceptions or development of some theory or concept. The birth of the philosophical conceptions of power is also a subject of particular interest.
The main questions that we are interested in:
- Potestas or potestates? Relationship between the theory of power and practics of real authority
- Potestas vs auctoritas: Spiritual and Laic power before and after Unam Sanctam
- Law to resistance
- Language of power: how texts transform reality?
- Law and Politics: Juridical Production and Political Confrontation
- Law and Culture: Social Theory and the Writing of Law
- Monarchy, Papacy, Empire: Relationships, History, and Law
- Thinking the Law from Inside: Marginalia, Gloss, and Commentaries