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13 Political Unity and Religious Diversity: Hermann Conring’s Confessional Writings and the Preface to Aristotle’s Politics of 1637

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This chapter contributes to the discovery of Hermann Conring the theologian. It proceeds on the assumption that the neglect of Hermann Conring's confessional writings is not so much a deficiency in the scholarly literature as an expression of the sound intuition that the significance of Hermann Conring's confessional writings is impossible to ascertain until the principles on which they rest are better understood. The chapter refrains from a direct analysis of Hermann Conring's confessional writings, not only for the pragmatic reason that there are more of them than can be studied, but also because a direct approach seems methodologically premature. This chapter tries to gain hold of the principles that held Hermann Conring's ideas about theology together by focusing on the preface he wrote for his edition of Aristotle's Politics in 1637 and dedicated to Duke William of Brunswick-Lüneburg.

Keywords: Aristotle; Aristotle's politics; confessional writings; Duke William of Brunswick-Lüneburg; Germany; religious diversity; theology



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