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Erasmus on State (Polity) - Dictionary of Arguments

Höffe I 205
State/Erasmus/Höffe: Politically, Erasmus advocates a monarchy, which he has been calling for since
Höffe I 206
the mixed constitution favoured by antiquity with aristocratic and democratic elements:
Governance: The king should seek the consent of the free people, because they are redeemed by Christ. In an original combination of ancient moral and state philosophy with Christian ideas, Erasmus pleads for an education of the prince so that he, humanized by education, conscientiously fulfils his tasks in the community.
World Bourgeoisie/Cosmopolitanism: His draft of a League of Nations, the outlawing of nationalism (encouraged by the advance of vernaculars) and war, the ideal of the world citizen, who in the ancient Stoa still lacks any legal form - according to Erasmus' argument the world is "in fact and truth our common fatherland" - and the demand for an international court of justice for international disputes are also forward-looking.


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Erasmus
Höffe I
Otfried Höffe
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