This chapter presents Grotius’ ars politica that deals with what is useful in practice, different from the ars iuris that deals with issues of justice. Philosophically eclectic, descriptive and non-perfectionist, Grotius’ ars politica is directed at understanding and guiding the organisation of power (potestas) and interest (utile) in human live, on two levels: a. the metalevel of theoretical discussion comparing and integrating different approaches to the topic, and b. the practical level of providing answers to political challenges. As agency is central, so is autonomy, and sovereignty.
|Title of host publication||The Cambridge Companion to Hugo Grotius|
|Editors||Randall Lesaffer, Janne Nijman|
|Place of Publication||Cambridge|
|Number of pages||20|
|Publication status||Published - 3 Sep 2021|