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Neo-Aristotelian political theory
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1. Definition

Neo-Aristotelian political theory in the strict sense connotes all tendencies of early modern political thought that aimed “methodically and systematically to revive and develop” Aristotle’s Politics (c. 350 BCE) “in reflective orientation with [its author’s] methodical theory and categories” [3. 639 f.]. In a wider sense, the term is used to refer to early modern political theory as a whole, where this shared the basic categories of the Aristotelian view, that is, where it saw politics with ethics…

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Weber, Wolfgang E.J., “Neo-Aristotelian political theory”, in: Encyclopedia of Early Modern History Online, Editors of the English edition: Graeme Dunphy, Andrew Gow. Original German Edition: Enzyklopädie der Neuzeit. Im Auftrag des Kulturwissenschaftlichen Instituts (Essen) und in Verbindung mit den Fachherausgebern herausgegeben von Friedrich Jaeger. Copyright © J.B. Metzlersche Verlagsbuchhandlung und Carl Ernst Poeschel Verlag GmbH 2005–2012. Consulted online on 15 April 2021 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/2352-0272_emho_COM_024725>
First published online: 2015
First print edition: 20200128



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