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Calvin and His Influence, 1509–2009$
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Irena Backus and Philip Benedict

Print publication date: 2011

Print ISBN-13: 9780199751846

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: September 2011

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199751846.001.0001

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The Ideal of Aristocratia Politiae Vicina in the Calvinist Political Tradition

The Ideal of Aristocratia Politiae Vicina in the Calvinist Political Tradition

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(p.46) 2 The Ideal of Aristocratia Politiae Vicina in the Calvinist Political Tradition
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Calvin and His Influence, 1509–2009
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H. M. Höpfl

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199751846.003.0003

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

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