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<!page vii, table of contents!> Contents Preface Acknowledgments Introduction One A Dangerous Form of Knowledge A Brief but Doubtful Lesson - The Other Side of History - The Historical Revolt - An Elementary Confusion - The Shadow of the Emperor - Disclaimers and Qualifications - The Problem - The Solution Two The Subject: Hermann Conring The State of the Art - Conring's Youth - Student in Helmstedt - Student in Leiden - At the Crossroads - Getting Established - Rethinking Politics and Law - Public Intellectual - Adviser to Princes - Harvest - A Blurry Image Three The Context: Discursus Novus An Unhappy Author - The Original - The Pirated Edition - The Rebuttal - What Conring Really Thought - What Conring Actually Said - Honesty and Dissimulation - Self-Doubt and Self-Denial - An Elementary Uncertainty - The Aftermath - Authorship and Authenticity - To the Vanishing Point Four The Text: Bartolus of Sassoferrato The Argument - Joining the Issue - The Roman People - A Matter of Law - Imperium - Dominium - The Lord of the World - Hierarchy and Sovereignty - Reason in Writing - Missing the Point - Begging the Question - Changing the Subject - Through the Looking Glass Five The Limits of History Notes Works Cited Index
Library of Congress Subject Headings for this publication: History Philosophy, Historiography, History, Ancient Historiography