reedited the Latin text of most of the edition of Politica methodice . Politica methodice digesta of Johannes Althusius (Althaus) (Cambridge: Harvard. In his Politica: Politics Methodically set Forth and Illustrated with Sacred and Profane Examples published in Johannes Althusius’ sets out. The Politics of Johannes Althusius. An abridged translation of the Third Edition of. POLITICA METHODICE DIGESTA, ATQUE EXEMPLIS SACRIS ET PROFANIS.

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Thus, for example, the citation 1. These functions are either agricultural, industrial, or commercial.

The Foundational Tenets of Johannes Althusius’ Constitutionalism

To demonstrate this point I am able to produce the excellent example of your own and the other provinces confederated with you. Althusius, in addition to his professorship in law, became councillor to the count in and, after some months of theological study at Heidelberg, was made rector of the Academy in God therefore willed that each need the service and aid of others in order that friendship would bind all together, and no one would consider another to be valueless.

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia. And I have included among other things herein, all in their proper places, the precepts of the Decalogue and the rights of sovereignty, about which there is a deep silence among some other political scientists. But I have therein attributed them to the realm, or to the commonwealth and people.

Friedrich provided for his edition of the Politica methodice digesta, an index to which this list is also indebted. I concede that the skill of attending to household goods, of supplying, increasing, and conserving the goods of the family is entirely economic, and as such is correctly eliminated from politics.

The manner of rule in the collegium follows the general principles that Althusius has set forth for altjusius social authority, except that in the collegium participation by individual colleagues, or members, can be direct rather than, as in public associations, indirect. For a listing of the sources contained in the entire Latin work, see the index in Latin that Carl J. Althusius consciously organized his Politica according to Ramist logic.


It stands at the beginning of Chapter I, and guides and controls everything that follows. Johannes Althusius has enjoyed the good fortune in recent times of frequent notice in political, theological, sociological, and historical writings. So Johznnes have concluded that where the political scientist politixa, there the jurist begins, just as where the moralist stops the theologian begins, politcia Edition: Prudence and an acute and penetrating judgment are indeed required to distinguish among similar things in these arts.

This administration is then entrusted by the people to another, who can aptly be one or more persons. Views Read Edit View history. In Althusius was elected elder of the church of Emden, a position he continued to hold until his death twenty-one years later.

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The connection between the Decalogue and jus as both law and right, while hardly original to Althusius, may offer possibilities for renewed development in our times. So could have the theologians John Wyclif and Johaannes Hooker, although the former for largely differing reasons from the latter. Naturally, the collegium or civil association in both its secular and ecclesiastical forms is covenantal.

One of the Protestant Christian grand designers, he straddled the Reformation and the opening of the modern epoch. I claim the Decalogue as proper to political science insofar as it breathes a vital spirit into symbiotic life, and gives form to it and conserves it, in which sense it is essential and homogeneous to political science and heterogeneous to other arts.

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

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Nor are they to be located in his discussion of the rural village. Accordingly, he made an effort to synthesize and somewhat secularize Reformed Protestant thought on the ideal polity and to push it in concrete, practical directions.

They remained peripheral even to students of modern federalism since modern federalism was so strongly connected with the principle of individualism that there was no interest in considering the Althusian effort to deal with the problems of family, occupation, and community along with individual rights in establishing political order.


If the political scientist were to discourse on the right and merit of these facts that are judged necessary, essential, and homogeneous to social life, he would have overstepped the clear boundaries of his art.

It remained akthusius the Americans to invent modern federalism on the basis of individualism and thus reintroduce the idea of the state as a political association rather than a reified entity, an artifact that is assumed to have an existence independent of the people who constitute it.

InAlthusius published his principal judicial work, Dicaeologicae. I more frequently use examples from sacred scripture because it has God or pious men as its author, and because I consider that no polity from the beginning of the world has been more wisely and perfectly constructed than the polity politca the Jews.

What does interest him is the extent to which any association fulfills the purposes for which it exists.

Otto Friedrich von Gierkelegal philosopher who was a leader of the Germanist school of historical jurisprudence in opposition to the Romanist theoreticians of German law e. Under the patronage of a local count, he attended the Gymnasium Philippinum in Marburg from and began his studies inconcentrating in law and philosophy. I have discovered that as each of these other teachers of politics was devoted to this or that discipline and profession, so he also brought from his own profession many elements that are improper and alien to political doctrine.

Where invention had previously been understood as the processes for combining predicates with subjects in debatable propositions, under the influence of Ramism it also came to denote the processes for determining what material belongs to subjects as scholarly disciplines. This is done according to the manner that has been tacitly or explicitly agreed upon by the colleagues. When Althusius wrote the Politica in Latin, he undoubtedly did so to reach the widest possible educated audience, using the best tool of his times for doing so.