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Althusianism is the name modern scholars give to the complex political theory, conceived by Johannes Althusius/Althaus (1557-1638) the Calvinist jurist, rector of the Herborn Academy, and from 1604 city syndic of Emden, in his work Politica methodice digesta (1603, 1610, 1614, 1654; repr. 1617, 1625). Althusianism was received and developed further until around 1650, especially in the Holy Roman Empire [4], the Netherlands, and England and Scotland [1. 291–314]; [5. 157–230]; [6]. Following Ramist methodology (Ramism), Althusius’ work set the new contemporary …

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Weber, Wolfgang E.J., “Althusianism”, in: Encyclopedia of Early Modern History Online, Executive editor of the English edition: Graeme Dunphy. Consulted online on 21 February 2018 <>
First published online: 2015
First print edition: 20160321

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