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Trace (I)/Respublica: Apologia and Humanism

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The interpretative key of De Indis is the micro-oscillation between contrasting ontological variants of ius naturale, the 'thick' or descending form epitomised in Late Scholasticism and the 'thin' or ascending form exemplified by Civic Humanism. This chapter discusses the direct relationship between the Corporation and the Naturalist theory of Just War, both in intra-state and inter-state terms. It talks about Dutch Republicanism in terms of both a historically and discursively necessarily relationship to both Corporatism and Natural Law. As the primary focus is the terms of Natural Law, the chapter discusses the intra-state constitutionality of the Dutch Republic in terms of the republican concepts of 'checks and balances', especially with regard to the issues of sectarianism and religious toleration, and Federalism, with the political economy of the Dutch State within the Modern World-System being necessarily grounded upon con-federalist principles.

Keywords: civic humanism; Dutch Republicanism; federalism; Natural Law; religious toleration; sectarianism



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