This book deals with the life and doctrines of an almost forgotten German scholar whose political doctrine deserves in the writer’s opinion a prominent place in the history of political science. Consideration is also given to the great importance of the juristic writings of this author for the history of legal systematism.
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Preface PART I: LIFE AND DOCTRINES OF ALTHUSIUS 1. Johannes Althusius 2. The Politics of Althusius 3. The Jurisprudence of Althusius PART II: HISTORICAL DEVELOPMENT OF THE POLITICAL IDEAS EXPRESSED IN THE POLITICS OF ALTHUSIUS 1. Religious Elements in the Theory of the State 2. The Doctrine of the State-Contract 3. The Doctrine of Popular Sovereignty 4. The Principle of Representation 5. The Idea of Federalism 6. The Idea of the Legal State INDEX
Otto Friedrich von Gierke was a German legal scholar and historian. During his career at the Berlin University's law department, Gierke was a leading critic of the newly drafted German Civil Code, arguing that it had been moulded in an individualistic frame that was inconsistent with German social traditions.