Marsilius of Padua and Isaac Abravanel on Kingship: The Medieval Precedents of Republicanism Revisited

This article offers a comparative investigation of Marsilius of Padua’s and Isaac Abravanel’s ideas on kingship. It looks at how these thinkers transform the “canonical” sources of their respective traditions of political theorizing, i.e., Aristotle’s Politics and the Bible, to articulate the notion...

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Published in:Medieval encounters
Main Author: Syros, Vasileios (Author)
Format: Electronic Article
Language:English
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Published: [2020]
In:Medieval encounters
Year: 2020, Volume: 26, Issue: 3, Pages: 203-225
Standardized Subjects / Keyword chains:B Marsilius, de Padua 1275-1343 / King / Abravanel, Yitsḥaḳ 1437-1508
B Marsilius, de Padua 1275-1343 / King / Abravanel, Yitsḥaḳ 1437-1508 / Republicanism
Further subjects:B Isaac Abravanel
B Medieval and early modern political thought
B republicanism
B Ptolemy of Lucca
B Biblical Exegesis
B Jewish political tradition
B Marsilius of Padua
B Aristotle
B Kingship
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Summary:This article offers a comparative investigation of Marsilius of Padua’s and Isaac Abravanel’s ideas on kingship. It looks at how these thinkers transform the “canonical” sources of their respective traditions of political theorizing, i.e., Aristotle’s Politics and the Bible, to articulate the notion that ultimate authority rests with the citizens/people. It also examines how these two writers’ positions on kingship relate to the political realities that prevailed in late medieval Italy. Finally, it illuminates the medieval precedents of modern republicanism in the Christian and Jewish political traditions.
ISSN:1570-0674
Contains:Enthalten in: Medieval encounters
Persistent identifiers:DOI: 10.1163/15700674-12340071