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Arbitrary RuleSlavery, Tyranny, and the Power of Life and Death$
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Mary Nyquist

Print publication date: 2013

Print ISBN-13: 9780226015538

Published to Chicago Scholarship Online: September 2013

DOI: 10.7208/chicago/9780226015675.001.0001

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Freeborn Sons or Slaves?

Freeborn Sons or Slaves?

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(p.162) CHAPTER FIVE Freeborn Sons or Slaves?
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Arbitrary Rule
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Mary Nyquist

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University of Chicago Press
DOI:10.7208/chicago/9780226015675.003.0006

This chapter examines two major critiques of institutional slavery that overlap in analogical discursive practices. Bodin's proposal of the abolition of slavery in Republique, and Henry Parker's similar proposal in Jus Populi—which is overtly indebted to Bodin's—should be known more widely than they are. Today, while Bodin's abolitionist text is occasionally mentioned in scholarship on slavery, Parker's is virtually unknown. It is possible, though, that they influence early modern political theorizing more than is recognized. Bodin's characterization of “lordly monarchy” certainly affects the semantic vicissitudes of “despotism” in ways that need further examination. Filmer, Hobbes, and Locke are acutely aware of what is at stake ideologically in interrelations among paternal power, legal slavery, and antityranny discourse, as is Parker, though from an entirely different standpoint.

Keywords:   institutional slavery, bodin, abolition of slavery, Henry Parker, lordly monarchy, despotism, Filmer, Hobbes, Locke

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