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Table of Contents for
Early Modern Concepts for a Late Modern World: Althusius on Community and Federalism by Thomas O. Hueglin


1. Introduction: Reconstruction, Relevance, and Context

Part One: The Contextual World of Althusius’ Thought

2. Four Hundred Years of Althusius Controversy and the Need for a New Interpretation

3. The Historical Context: The St. Bartholomew’s Day Massacre, the Dutch Revolt against Spain, and the Rise of the Absolutist State

4. Theoretical Consequences: Absolutism and Territorial Centralization

5. Recourse to Alternative Traditions: Political Calvinism, Aristotle, and Germanic Communitarianism

6. The Method: Politica Methodice Digesta Exemplis Sacris & Profanis Illustrata

Part Two: The Althusian System of Politics

7. Consociation: The Principle of Political Community in a Civil Society

8. Societal Federalism: A Compound Polity of Particular and Universal Citizenship

9. Representation: Problems of Participation and Legitimacy in the Political Process

10. Subsidiarity and the Division of Powers: The Balance between Autonomy and Solidarity

11. Sovereignty: Organized Unity of Action and a Right to Civil Disobedience

Part Three: The Relevance of Althusius Today

12. Conclusion: Lineage and Affinities

Appendix A: Chronology

Appendix B: Schema