By Andrea Lynne Finkelstein
Andrea Finkelstein is Assistant Professor of background, urban college of recent York.
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To the assembled Parliament. ”90 Both the Trew Law of Free Monarchies and the Speech of 1609 were included in a collection, The Political Works of James I, published in 1616. Malynes dedicated his Lex Mercatoria to James I; did it require all that subtle a ›attery to include his king’s own words in that dedication? Gerard de Malynes 39 Such imitation, however, does not detract from the genuineness of Malynes’s absolutist leanings. 91 This was de‹nitely a head in full control of its body. The harmony that produced concord in this body was a hierarchical but moderating mean.
The equation of Prîs with Wirde by German poets), and sixteenth-century aristocratic literature. In both traditions, one’s honor (reputation) was a valuation placed on you by others: to each tradition its particular competitive spirit. 33 Status, being a legal or at least a customary rank, was always ultimately set upon you rather than self-determined. Macpherson would not have considered fourteenth-century England to be a “possessive market society” either. Whether Hobbes was describing a society well on its way to marketization or was dressing up one tradition in the rhetoric of another, the relativism (or subjectivity) in the pricing mechanism still applied.
Later in the century, “Number, Weight and Measure” would become Sir William Petty’s favorite shorthand for his Baconian-in›uenced inductive method. But, for Malynes, “Number, Weight and Measure” stood for the idea that order inevitably entailed hierarchy, and, consequently, that equity or justice was invariably proportional to one’s place in that hierarchy. The Zeitgeist inherited by the early modern world from the medieval was not only that of that single hierarchy of the Great Chain of Being but one of hierarchies nested within hierarchies, like the nested spheres of both the Ptolemaic and Copernican Universes, each linked to the other by correspondences: the essential qualities of the macrocosm (the Universe) being reproduced not only in the microcosm (man), but in all the intermediate spheres of the family, the social or professional group, the community, the country, and Christendom.