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The Discipline Of The Republic And The Knowledge Of The Citizens: What We May Learn From Late Medieval Endowment Practice

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In part, Hamm's interpretation relies on evidences from the city of Nuremberg, to which this paper will also refer. This paper is based on the assumptions that those and similar considerations about the way knowledge was tied to ethics played an essential role in late medieval and Renaissance republicanism and that examining the link between knowledge and ethics in this context can contribute crucial insights into the nature of late medieval and Renaissance republicanism. It is, indeed, the aim of this paper to show that late medieval and Renaissance republicanism was to a very large extent a practical phenomenon and that republicanism significantly impacted on humanism precisely because of its pragmatism. Pocock rightly stresses that this book is nothing less than an argument for the public monopoly of the use of force against external enemies. It shows that late medieval endowment practices were genuinely political.

Keywords: knowledge; late medieval; medieval endowment; Pocock; Renaissance republicanism



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