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).

The Columbia Encyclopedia, 6th ed. Copyright© 2014, The Columbia University Press.

Richard Hooker : Selected full-text books and articles

Richard Hooker and Contemporary Political Ideas By F. J. Shirley Pub. for the Church Historical Society, 1949
Political Thought in England: Tyndale to Hooker By Christopher Morris Oxford University Press, 1953
History of Political Philosophy By Leo Strauss; Joseph Cropsey Rand McNally, 1963
Librarian’s tip: Includes "Richard Hooker 1553-1600"
A History of Political Theory By George H. Sabine Holt Rinehart and Winston, 1961 (3rd edition)
Librarian’s tip: Includes "Hooker: The National Church"
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