Erasmus on sovereignty, politics and rhetoric in Institutio principis Christiani
Title: Erasmus on sovereignty, politics and rhetoric in Institutio principis Christiani
Author: HAVU, Kaarlo Johannes
Citation: Tilman KULKE, Moritz VON BRESCIUS, Robrecht DECLERCQ and James WHITE (eds), Current historiographical research at the European University Institute, Zeitenblicke, 2013, Vol. 12, No. 1
External link: http://www.zeitenblicke.de/2013/1
The main aim of the article is to try to understand Erasmus's Institutio principis Christiani both as a contribution the particular debates of the Netherlands of the 1510s and to the more general Erasmian program of the time. The more general program provides Erasmus with the discursive tools to participate in the debate and to reflect at the same time on how politics and sovereignty are to be seen as part of his Philosophia Christiana. The paper will also argue that the rhetorical activity of the intellectual builds a bridge from Erasmus's political philosophy to actual political participation. It is the intellectual who should try to direct and control the use of monarchical power with the right use of words and reason.
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