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FR-10254-78

Thomas E. Morrissey
SUNY Research Foundation, College at Fredonia (Fredonia, NY 14063-1127)

The Limitations on and the Responsibility of Authority to the Community: Franciscus Zabarellis (1360-1417)

To do a study of the conciliar thought of Franciscus Zabarella (1360- 1417) seen as part of the tradition of medieval political theory. Study would focus on Zabarella's response to the great crisis of authority in the era, the Great Western Schism, how this event precipitated his reflections on structures of government, limitations on authority, the rights of the community and the obligation of those in authority toward the community over which they are set and what can be done if those in authority fail in their duty. Zabarella's thought was a blend of the medieval legal tradition and the early humanist circles, just as he himself was a canonist, a humanist and a patron of the arts and literature.

Project fields:
Political History

Program:
Residential College Teacher Fellowships, 1976 - 1981

Division:
Research Programs

Total amounts:
$15,000 (approved)
$15,000 (awarded)

Grant period:
9/1/1978 – 5/31/1979