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Fate And Rule, Destiny And Dynasty: Lipsius’s Final Views On Superstition, Fate And Divination In The Monita Et Exempla Politica (1605)

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The Lipsian sequel is telling, the common political programme underlying these three works dedicated to the new Archduke of the Spanish Low Countries evident. Lipsiuss recurrent emphasis on superstition, fate and providence, iterated in the Monita et exempla politica one last time, did receive but little attention while Lipsiuss intriguing connection of fate and rule, of destiny and dynasty may be considered the very core of his Neo-Stoic political programme. When returning to this theme in his Monita et exempla politica in 1605, Lipsius had not only returned to the Southern Low Countries and supported the Spanish Catholic rulers, he had also elaborated extensively on the philosophical problem of fate in his theoretical treatises on Stoicism, the Manuductio ad Stoicam philosophiam and the tangled matter of superstition and divination in the Physiologia Stoicorum one year before.

Keywords: destiny; divination; dynasty; fate; Lipsius; Monita et exempla politica; rule; superstition



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