Patriarcha: The Complete Political Works


Filmer is the greatest absolutist theorist in English history. His Patriarcha was so incendiary that attempts to rebut it gave birth to liberal political theory. His patriarchalist concept of legitimacy has fatal implications for democracy and constitutionalism, and so liberals could not allow him to go unanswered.

This edition collects his whole political corpus, and in the introduction it is shown that answers by the likes of John Locke have proven woefully inadequate. Filmer’s thought remains as relevant to political theory today as it was 400 years ago.