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History and Exemplarity in the Thought of Justus Lipsius

Höpfl, Harro (2010) 'History and Exemplarity in the Thought of Justus Lipsius.' In: De Bom, Erik and Janssens, Marijke and Van Houdt, Toon and Papy, Jan, (eds.) (Un)masking the Realities of Power: Justus Lipsius and the Dynamics of Political Writing in Early Modern Europe. Brill's Studies in Intellectual History (193). Brill Academic Publishers, pp. 43-72. ISBN 9789004191280

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If Justus Lipsius’s Politica of 1589 and its importance to the history of political thought needs no introduction, Lipsius's Monita et exempla politica (1605), conceived as a sequel to the Politica, has been overlooked time and again despite the fact that it is a unique key to understand the precise character of Lipsius's political thought. For, is his widely read political dialogue a Neostoic discourse or is it Tacitean, Machiavellian, or even anti-Machiavellian in nature? Did the work play such a pivotal role in the genesis of the modern, centrally governed nation state, as some scholars tend to believe? This book collects essays by scholars from different disciplines and backgrounds. All of them endeavour to solve this apparent deadlock in scholarly research on Lipsius’s political thought. All of them offer new and fascinating insights in the genesis and developments of the nature and impact of political discourses in Early Modern Europe.

Item Type: Book Section
Subjects: D History General and Old World > D History (General)
H Social Sciences > H Social Sciences (General)
Divisions: Faculty of Social Sciences > Essex Business School
Depositing User: Clare Chatfield
Date Deposited: 27 Mar 2014 10:00
Last Modified: 16 Dec 2014 11:19

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