Richard Hooker

Richard Hooker, 1554?–1600, English theologian and clergyman of the Church of England. He studied and lectured at Oxford and preached at Drayton-Beauchamp, Buckinghamshire; at the Temple Church, London; at Boscombe, Wiltshire; and at Bishopsbourne, Kent. His famous Of the Laws of Ecclesiastical Polity (in 8 books, of which only 5 were published in his lifetime) was an epoch-making discussion of church government, written in an excellent prose style. It helped to formulate the intellectual concepts of Anglicanism, and its influence on the theory of government (civil as well as ecclesiastical) as based on rules of reason was widely felt in England. An edition of Hooker's works (1666) contained a celebrated biography by Izaak Walton (1665).

See the critical edition of his complete works, ed. by W. S. Hill et al. (2 vol., 1977–80); W. S. Hill, Richard Hooker: A Descriptive Bibliography of the Early Editions, 1593–1724 (1970); W. S. Hill, Studies in Richard Hooker (1972).

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Selected full-text books and articles on this topic

The Place of Hooker in the History of Thought
Peter Munz.
Routledge & Paul, 1952
Richard Hooker and Contemporary Political Ideas
F. J. Shirley.
Pub. for the Church Historical Society, 1949
Richard Hooker and Reformed Theology: A Study of Reason, Will, and Grace
Nigel Voak.
Oxford University Press, 2003
The Medieval Contribution to Political Thought: Thomas Aquinas, Marsilius of Padua, Richard Hooker
Alexander Passerin D'Entrèves.
Humanities Press, 1959
Political Thought in England: Tyndale to Hooker
Christopher Morris.
Oxford University Press, 1953
The Evolving Reputation of Richard Hooker: An Examination of Responses, 1600-1714
Michael Brydon.
Oxford University Press, 2006
Puritanism and Democracy
Ralph Barton Perry.
Harper & Row, 1964
History of Political Philosophy
Leo Strauss; Joseph Cropsey.
Rand McNally, 1963
Librarian’s tip: Includes "Richard Hooker 1553-1600"
Religious Controversies of the Elizabethan Age: A Survey of Printed Sources
Peter Milward.
University of Nebraska Press, 1977
A History of Political Theory
George H. Sabine.
Holt Rinehart and Winston, 1961 (3rd edition)
Librarian’s tip: Includes "Hooker: The National Church"
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