The Problems of Passions and of Love of the Fatherland in Protestant Thought: Melanchthon to Althusius, 1520s to 1620s
Author: von Friedeburg, Robert
Source: Cultural and Social History, 1 January 2005, vol. 2, no. 1, pp. 81-98(18)
Abstract:Love of the fatherland remained an important topos in late medieval and early modern Europe, but a highly ambiguous one. While in classical thought, in particular in Cicero, love of the fatherland is, beside the saving of the common weal, one of the reasons giving citizens an informal office to act without possessing a formal office, and resurfaced thus in texts on resistance during the sixteenth and seventeenth centuries, the medieval and also early modern reception of the topos emphasized the need for obedience. What is more, Protestant thought had a highly ambivalent stand toward the will and the passions directing it. The paper outlines some of these problems and then looks at the ways in which these are dealt with in the Politica of Johannes Althusius, in his time denounced as a dangerous monarchomach.
Document Type: Research Article
Affiliations: Erasmus University, Rotterdam
Publication date: 2005-01-01T00:00:00