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Quentin Skinner on State (Polity) - Dictionary of Arguments

Gaus I 197
State/Skinner/Morris: Before the sixteenth century, the term status was only used by political writers to refer to one of two things: either the state or condition in which a ruler finds him-
self (the status principis); or else the general 'state of the nation' or condition of the realm as a whole (the status regno. What was lacking in these usages was the distinctively modern idea of the State as a form of public power separate from both the ruler and the ruled, and constituting the supreme political authority within a certain defined territory. (Skinner, 1978(1): 353)


1. Skinner, Quentin (1978) The Foundations of Modern Political Thought, 2 vols. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press.

Morris, Christopher W. 2004. „The Modern State“. In: Gaus, Gerald F. & Kukathas, Chandran 2004. Handbook of Political Theory. SAGE Publications


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SkinnerBF I
B. F. Skinner
Science And Human Behavior 1965

SkinnerQ I
Qu. Skinner
The Return of Grand Theory in the Human Sciences Cambridge 2008

Gaus I
Gerald F. Gaus
Chandran Kukathas
Handbook of Political Theory London 2004


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