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The social and political thought of Juan Luis Vives: Concord and counsel in the christian commonwealth

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This chapter concentrates on the development of Juan Luis Vives's conceptions in relation to the writings and diplomatic milieu of the English and Erasmian humanists, and their precursors. The main argument of the chapter is that Vives insisted on the need for freedom of speech in the admonition of princes, and indeed all the estates of civil and ecclesiastical society; wise counsel was crucial for the health of the Christian respublica. The chapter moves from a initial brief presentation of the chronology of the texts under examination to the European and particularly English context in which they were composed, before pursuing a more detailed consideration of Vives?s highly significant contribution to early modern thought on peace and war, tyranny and liberty, and the psychological origins of discord.

Keywords: Christian Commonwealth; De pacificatione; Juan Luis Vives



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