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Patriarchy and politics: a comparative evaluation of the religious, political and social thought of Sir Robert Filmer and Robert Lewis Dabney.

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dc.contributor.advisor Hankins, Barry, 1956-
dc.contributor.author Davenport, R. Dean.
dc.contributor.other Baylor University. Institute of Church-State Studies. en
dc.date.copyright 2006-05
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/2104/4293
dc.description.abstract This dissertation examines the religious, political and social thought of Sir Robert Filmer and his influence in early America. Filmer was a seventeenth-century English political theorist whose thought was critiqued by John Locke in The First Treatise of Government. Filmer subscribed to a patriarchical theory of the origins of government, a view held by many pre-modern political thinkers. In this dissertation the historical roots of the patriarchal theory and its conflict with the modern, social contract theory are discussed. Filmer's critique of the social contract theories of Hugo Grotius, Thomas Hobbes and John Milton also are considered, thus setting the stage for an examination of Filmer’s relationship to Locke. The influence of Filmer in early America is then addressed. Filmer was more popular in the colonial South, especially among the Anglicans and Royalists of Virginia, but had few admirers in New England where Puritanism and the social-contract thought of Locke and Milton prevailed. The relationship between Filmer's thought and the religious, political and social views of later antebellum thinkers also is examined, with particular attention given to Robert Lewis Dabney, a nineteenth-century Presbyterian theologian from Virginia. en
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dc.subject Dabney, Robert Lewis, 1820-1898. en
dc.subject Filmer, Robert, Sir, d. 1653. en
dc.subject Political science -- Early works to 1800. en
dc.title Patriarchy and politics: a comparative evaluation of the religious, political and social thought of Sir Robert Filmer and Robert Lewis Dabney. en
dc.type Thesis en
dc.description.degree Ph.D. en
dc.rights.accessrights Worldwide access en
dc.contributor.department Church and State. en


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