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Politics: Politics is the process of making decisions in groups. It is about how people come together to allocate resources, settle disputes, and make choices about how to live together. See also Democracy, Society.
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Renaissance on Politics - Dictionary of Arguments

Gaus I 355
Politik/Renaissance/Whelan: The period between Machiavelli and Hobbes produced no single political theorist of their stature and therefore has been comparatively neglected by students of political thought.
>N. Machiavelli
, >Th. Hobbes.
Montaigne: Montaigne has been invoked appreciatively by Judith N. Shklar (1984)(1) as an inspiration for her distinctive approach to liberalism, but she grants that Montaigne himself was neither a liberal nor primarily a political thinker. Montaigne was, however, an important contributor to the sixteenth-century revivals of stoicism and scepticism and to the sensibility that supported both subjective individualism and religious toleration, and thus to a rich literary culture in which many political themes can be traced.
>J. Shklar, >Liberalism, >Individualism.
Jean Bodin: Bodin, the author of a major political work of acknowledged importance for the emergent conception of sovereignty, seems to have attracted few Anglophone specialists other than Julian H. Franklin, whose earlier research is continued in Franklin (1991)(2).

1. Shklar, Judith N. (1984) Ordinary Vices. Cambridge, MA: Harvard University Press.
2. Franklin, Julian H. (1991) 'Sovereignty and the mixed constitution: Bodin and his critics'. In J. H. Burns, ed., The Cambridge History of Political Thought 1450-1700. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press.

Whelan, Frederick G. 2004. „Political Theory of the Renaissance and Enlightenment“. In: Gaus, Gerald F. & Kukathas, Chandran 2004. Handbook of Political Theory. SAGE Publications

Explanation of symbols: Roman numerals indicate the source, arabic numerals indicate the page number. The corresponding books are indicated on the right hand side. ((s)…): Comment by the sender of the contribution. Translations: Dictionary of Arguments
The note [Concept/Author], [Author1]Vs[Author2] or [Author]Vs[term] resp. "problem:"/"solution:", "old:"/"new:" and "thesis:" is an addition from the Dictionary of Arguments. If a German edition is specified, the page numbers refer to this edition.
Gaus I
Gerald F. Gaus
Chandran Kukathas
Handbook of Political Theory London 2004

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