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By Paul A. Rahe

glossy republicanism - unusual from its classical counterpart by means of its advertisement personality and jealous mistrust of these in energy, via its use of consultant associations, and through its employment of a separation of powers and a process of assessments and balances - owes a tremendous debt to the republican test performed in England among 1649, while Charles i used to be performed, and 1660, while Charles II used to be topped. notwithstanding abortive, this test left a legacy within the political technological know-how articulated either by means of its champions, John Milton, Marchamont Nedham, and James Harrington, and via its someday opponent and supreme supporter, Thomas Hobbes. This quantity examines those 4 thinkers, situates them in regards to the radical species of republicanism first championed within the early 1500s by means of Niccolò Machiavelli, and examines the debt that he and so they owed the Epicurean culture in philosophy and the political technological know-how crafted by means of the Arab philosophers Alfarabi, Avicenna, and Averroës.

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