Political writings

Hans Blom

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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.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationThe Cambridge Companion to Hugo Grotius
EditorsRandall Lesaffer, Janne Nijman
Place of PublicationCambridge
PublisherCambridge University Press
Number of pages20
ISBN (Electronic)9781108182751
Publication statusPublished - 3 Sept 2021


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