Drawing deeply from Aristotle and biblical teaching, Politica presents a unique vision of the commonwealth as a harmonious ordering of natural associations. 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 derive from it. Power and authority properly grow from more local to more general associations.
Johannes Althusius (1557–1638) was a German political and legal philosopher.
Frederick S. Carney was Professor Emeritus of Ethics at the Perkins School of Theology, Southern Methodist University.
Daniel J. Elazar was Director of the Center for the Study of Federalism at Temple University and Professor of Political Science at Temple and at Bar Ilan University in Israel.Please note: This title is available as an ebook for purchase on Amazon, Barnes and Noble, and iTunes.
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Table of ContentsTranslator’s Introduction, ix
FREDERICK S. CARNEY Althusius’ Grand Design for a Federal Commonwealth, xxxv
DANIEL J. ELAZAR Althusius’ Literary Sources Referred to in This Translation, xlvii Schema: Althusius’ Outline of the Book, lviii Note on the Liberty Fund Edition, lxi Preface to the First Edition (1603) 3 Preface to the Third Edition (1614) 11 I
The General Elements of Politics 17
The Family 27
The Collegium 33
The City 39
The Province 51
Political Sovereignty and Ecclesiastical Communication 66
Secular Communication 79
The Ephors and Their Duties 92
The Constituting of the Supreme Magistrate 120
Political Prudence in the Administration of the Commonwealth 135
Ecclesiastical Administration 159
Secular Administration 175
Tyranny and Its Remedies 191
Types of Supreme Magistrate 201
Collation of This Translation with the 1614 Edition, 209
The Writings of Johannes Althusius, 213
Select Bibliography, 219 Index, 223