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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In these instances I have usually broken up the sentences, and changed infinitives to gerunds and gerunds to infinitives to achieve somewhat parallel construction.

Therefore, it resides in the organized Edition: For what would the rector, prince, administrator, and governor of a commonwealth be without the necessary power, without the practice and exercise of sovereignty?

On the other hand some of the most striking features in the volume are found in the chapters on ecclesiastical and secular administration. Oct 20, Michael rated it it was amazing Shelves: The other is Cicero, from whom he learned much about the nature of social life and the vocabulary of politiica.

This section does not cite any sources. The same general principles of communication and rule, however, apply equally to both private and public associations.

Johannes Althusius

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 polittica sponsorship of the Johannes Althusius Gesellschaft at the University of Dresden. These rights of sovereignty are so proper to this association, in my judgment, that even if it wishes to renounce them, to transfer them to another, and to alienate them, it would by no means be able to do so, any more than a alfhusius is able to give the life he enjoys to another.


This is so to the extent that, even if the people should wish to renounce them, it could no more transfer or alienate them to another than could a man who has life give it to another.

That man, Johannes Althusius, presented his political philosophy in a classic work, Politica Methodice Digesta, first published inexpanded inand revised in final form in Both, therefore, discuss rights of sovereignty: Therefore they are greater between parents and children.

Wlthusius adopts a conventional understanding of the two tables of the Decalogue of his time, namely that the first table addresses itself to piety and the second to justice, both of which are necessary foundations for civil society. Althusius must be considered a figure located at the intersection of the major trends of Western culture in the transition from medieval to modern times.

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There are certain associations that are private, such as conjugal and kinship families, and collegia. This has been done during the odd hours permitted me between responsibilities to the Commonwealth. AngelusNovus rated it it was amazing Jul 05, If the king gets his legitimacy from the collegia, and the collegia do not give him absolute power because it is impossible for mortals to have thatthen the king cannot rule absolutely.

This is no longer the case as the postmodern communications technology requires more Althusian communication; that is to althueius, as everything impinges upon everything else, more sharing is necessary.

Althusius: Politica

Only recently, as we have come to see the consequences of unrestrained individualism, both philosophically and practically, altusius political scientists begun to explore problems of liberty in relation to primordial groups—families, particularly, and ethnic communities.

These covenants and laws pacta et leges of the colleagues Edition: Johannes Althusius — was a German political and legal philosopher. They bear the fundamental right and power of the people in these situations.


They may be summarized as follows:. Furthermore, Emden was a leading seaport, in close communication with England, and it served as a haven for a number of English divines althusuis the Catholic reaction under Mary Tudor. The other difficulty is no less severe, namely that I have been forced at times to set forth theorems about contingent circumstances that are nevertheless alien to this art. It includes politiva aspects, one functioning to direct and govern social life, the other prescribing a plan and manner for communicating things and services among the symbiotes.

For parents should educate their children, instruct them in the true knowledge of God, govern and defend them, even lay up treasures for them, make them participants in everything they themselves have, including their family and station in life, provide suitable marriages for them at the right time, and upon departing born life make them their heirs and provide optimally for them. Both of these men were correctly seen by Althusius as setting forth positions that his own system would have to be able to answer.

The actual administration of the commonwealth by the supreme magistrate should be guided, according to Althusius, by political prudence. Aug 09, Leonardo Bruno rated it really liked it.

Therefore I must acknowledge a degree of arbitrariness in this endeavor. In the late sixteenth and early seventeenth centuries, Emden in Oolitica Frisia now Germany was at the crossroads of political and religious activity in the region.