An education and a delight, Civilizing Authority
is like participating in a rich and provocative conversation, about questions that are both timely and timeless, among learned friends. (Richard Garnett, University of Notre Dame)
These elegant essays offer a bold and bracing new understanding of the province and power of authority in Scripture and tradition, conscience and community, church and state—as well as a sage rebuke of the growing numbers of authoritarians and antinomians among us. (John Witte Jr.)
In an era in which authority seems to be slipping away (or to be emerging in the pathological form of authoritarianism) this welcome volume gives us ten distinguished authors addressing from their distinct perspectives the nature of authority, its loss, and its perversion, topics that are crucial not only to the law, but to the legitimacy of the social order itself. (James Boyd White, University of Michigan)
About the Author
Patrick McKinley Brennan
is professor of law and John F. Scarpa Chair in Catholic legal studies at Villanova University.