Marsilius of Padua

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Mar·sil·i·us of Padua

 (mär-sĭl′ē-əs) 1280?-1343?
Italian philosopher who wrote Defender of the Peace, a work that denied the secular authority of the pope.

Marsilius of Padua

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(Biography) Italian name Marsiglio dei Mainardini. ?1290–?1343, Italian political philosopher, best known as the author of the Defensor pacis (1324), which upheld the power of the temporal ruler over that of the church
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We were busily studying Marsilio of Padua and Machiavelli, Hobbes and Rousseau, Locke and Jefferson.
The controversy embraced a variety of positions, hierocratic and anti-hierocratic, imperialist and regalist, advanced by a series of writers of the late thirteenth and early fourteenth centuries: Jordanus of Osnabruck and Alexander of Roes; Thomas Aquinas and Tolomeo of Lucca, with the latter's assimilation of the Roman Republic into the history of the Empire bequeathed by Constantine to the Popes; Egidio Romano (Giles of Rome) and Boniface VIII's Bull Unam sanctam of November 1302; John of Paris; Dante's own friend, the jurist Cino of Pistoia; Engelbert of Admont; slightly later, Marsilio of Padua.
The theoretical constructs of Marsilio of Padua or William of Ockham, for example, can only be understood as expressions of the political situation arising from the conflicts between John XXII and Louis of Bavaria, expressed in the intellectual language at hand.