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The Ideal of <i>Aristocratia Politiae Vicina</i> in the Calvinist Political Tradition

H. M. Höpfl

in Calvin and His Influence, 1509–2009

Published in print September 2011 | ISBN: 9780199751846
Published online September 2011 | e-ISBN: 9780199914562 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199751846.003.0003
The Ideal of Aristocratia Politiae Vicina in the Calvinist Political Tradition

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This is an examination of aristocracy as an orienting principle in Calvin's own political theory and ecclesiology, which goes on to consider its place in the Calvinist political tradition. For many reasons, political and theological, the chapter argues, Calvinist political tradition assumed an autonomous existence in the course of the seventeenth century so that it progressively bore less and less resemblance to anything found in Calvin.

Keywords: aristocracy; sixteenth-century political thought; seventeenth-century political thought; Calvin's political thought; Calvinism and politics; mixed constitution

Chapter.  11534 words. 

Subjects: Religious Studies

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