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This conclusion presents some closing thoughts relevant to the discussion on the jurist-philosopher Jean Bodin presented in the book The Reception of Bodin. The book illustrates almost all the facets of reception which Peter Burke identified in his opening review of reception theory. In the book, receivers function as 'agents', conduct themselves creatively, perform as active respondents or reactors to and users and adapters of substantial intellectual stimuli gleaned from Jean Bodin or, in his own case, from a multifarious array of sources. Thus, the book shows how Bodin contrived in ways other than simply through literary composition to manage communication and reception of his own ideas and even resorted to pseudonomity for the purpose, whilst he himself deployed information assimilated from his 'experiential' world, went beyond conventional source-materials to draw upon evidence delivered in audial as well as in visual form, and engaged shamelessly in 'selective appropriation'.

Keywords: Jean Bodin; Reception Theory



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