The Politics of Johannes Althusius. An abridged translation of the Third Edition of. POLITICA METHODICE DIGESTA, ATQUE EXEMPLIS SACRIS ET PROFANIS. After philosophic and legal studies in Switzerland, Althusius was a professor at the “Politica methodice digesta atque exemplis sacris et profanis illustrata”. According to Althusius, the purpose of the state is to protect and encourage social life. The family is the most natural of human associations, and all other unions.

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The city, unlike the private association, does not provide the opportunity for direct participation of individuals as such in the process of rule.

Bill marked it as to-read Feb 27, The discussion that follows of such contingent factors in political life as the character and customs of rulers and peoples gives Althusius considerable methodological diffculty, largely because he is of the opinion, as I mentioned earlier, that this material does not lend itself to general precepts that can properly claim the name of science. It may be helpful to some readers to learn that a German translation of the entire Latin text has been proceeding for several years under the sponsorship of the Johannes Althusius Gesellschaft at the University of Dresden.

But by politics alone arises the wisdom for governing and administering the family. Furthermore, the provincial orders, which collectively compose the organized community of the province, constitute a restraining influence on the misuse of executive power.

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Where the moralist leaves off, there the theologian begins; where the physicist ends, the physician begins; and where the political scientist ceases, the jurist begins. An incomplete knowledge of his work led some advocates…. No trivia or quizzes yet. Nevertheless, the derivative and territorial characteristics of the public association still remain to distinguish it from the private.

This section alyhusius not cite any sources. Some services are more or less uniform and equally performed among the colleagues. Whence these symbiotic allies are called relatives, politkca, and friends.


The purpose is to show as clearly as possible the connotations Althusius probably had in mind in using the quotations. The energies and industry of many men are expended to procure and supply these things.

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Jean Bodin, to whom Althusius was ppolitica indebted for so many of the characteristics of his political system, attributed it to the ruler. It is therefore characteristic of his thought that he advocates institutionalized pplitica upon rulers in order to maintain effective symbiosis.

They are usually distinguished Edition: Some of these collegia are ecclesiastical and sacred, instituted for the sake of divine things; others are secular and profane, instituted for the sake of human things.

Project MUSE Mission Project MUSE promotes the creation and dissemination of essential humanities and social science resources through collaboration with libraries, publishers, and scholars worldwide. Now these associations are the seedbed of all private and public associational polituca. Would that Althusius had also permitted his often dull and sometimes barbarous Latin style to be influenced by Cicero! It is a pleasure to dedicate to you, most distinguished and learned relatives in the Lord, these political meditations of mine.

But who can propose general precepts that are necessarily aothusius mutually true about matters so various and unequivalent?

Johannes Althusius

Althusius confronts the same problems of modern politics without jettisoning or denying the biblical foundations. Retrieved from ” https: Even where the principle is not challenged, the practical exercise of absolute sovereignty is no longer possible. Gabriele Coltorti rated it it was amazing Oct 14, I have already spoken of his use of Aristotle. On the other hand he often uses classical writers, especially Augustine and Seneca, for quotations that may fit his own point but are taken out of context from the original work.


Types of Supreme Magistrate pp.

Sometimes, however, the last two are combined in one estate known as the commons. Tyranny and Its Remedies pp. Naturally, the collegium or civil association in both its secular and ecclesiastical forms is covenantal. So it is that what the collegium owes is not owed by the individuals separately, and what is owed to the collegium is althuxius owed to the individuals separately. Poltica the althuwius time, its strong Calvinist spirit enabled it to exercise an exceptional influence in key areas of the Netherlands and Germany.

Nor in his adulthood is he able to obtain in and by himself those outward goods he needs for a comfortable and holy life, or Edition: Surprisingly, he published Jurisprudentia Romana, his first book, during the same year.

And it is fortunate that the Politica lends itself readily to this solution. Political Sovereignty and Ecclesiastical Communication pp.

Economic management, however, concerns merely household goods—how much and by what Edition: Andreas Jongeneel marked it as to-read Oct 30, The polity, then, is a symbiotic association constituted by symbiotes through communication.

They differ in each specie of association according as the nature of each requires. These he divides into simple and private associations family and collegiumand althusuus and public associations city, province, and commonwealth.

In making such changes, I have attempted to follow contemporary use in political, legal, and theological literature.

Therefore it is rightly called the most intense society, friendship, relationship, and union, the seedbed of every other symbiotic association. Among the civilians most in evidence are Bartolus fourteenth centuryPaul Castro fifteenth centuryand Andreas Gail sixteenth century.