Friday, November 04, 2005

For History Geeks

By David B. Kopel

At the beginning of the second millennium, there was no separation of church and state, and kings ruled the church. Tyrannicide was considered sinful. By the end of the thirteenth century, however, everything had changed. The “Little Renaissance” that began in the eleventh century led to a revolution in political and moral philosophy, so that using force to overthrow a tyrannical government became a positive moral duty. The intellectual revolution was an essential step in the evolution of Western political philosophy that eventually led to the American Revolution.

This is a draft of a forthcoming article in the Hamline Law Review, to be published in 2006.

Link via the Volokh Conspiracy. Read the whole thing, it's quite good.

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