Johannes Althusius

1563 - 1638

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Johannes Althusius (1557 – August 12, 1638) was a German jurist and Calvinist political philosopher. He is best known for his 1603 work, "Politica Methodice Digesta, Atque Exemplis Sacris et Profanis Illustrata". revised editions were published in 1610 and 1614. Read more on Wikipedia

Since 2007, the English Wikipedia page of Johannes Althusius has received more than 48,307 page views. His biography is available in 25 different languages on Wikipedia (up from 24 in 2019). Johannes Althusius is the 395th most popular philosopher (down from 387th in 2019), the 937th most popular biography from Germany (down from 869th in 2019) and the 55th most popular German Philosopher.

Johannes Althusius is most famous for his theory of federalism, which he developed in his book "Politica." Althusius argues that the state should be divided into two levels: the city-state and the nation. The city-state is a group of people who live in a particular city and are governed by their own local government. The nation is made up of many city-states, and it is governed by a federal government.

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Among philosophers, Johannes Althusius ranks 395 out of 1,089Before him are Paul Grice, Franz Rosenzweig, Ágnes Heller, Christian Thomasius, Daniel Dennett, and Alexandre Koyré. After him are Edward de Bono, Thomas Cajetan, Jacques Lefèvre d'Étaples, Paul Johann Anselm Ritter von Feuerbach, Pierre d'Ailly, and Arnobius.

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Among people born in 1563, Johannes Althusius ranks 4Before him are Wanli Emperor, John Dowland, and Orazio Gentileschi. After him are Henry II, Duke of Lorraine, Mavro Orbini, Guru Arjan, Andrew Báthory, Hosokawa Gracia, Jodocus Hondius, Jan Huyghen van Linschoten, and Hosokawa Tadaoki. Among people deceased in 1638, Johannes Althusius ranks 6Before him are Cornelius Jansen, Ivan Gundulić, François Leclerc du Tremblay, Adriaen Brouwer, and Catherine of Sweden, Countess Palatine of Kleeburg. After him are Amakusa Shirō, Peter Minuit, Cyril Lucaris, John Harvard, Francis Hyacinth, Duke of Savoy, and Cornelis van Haarlem.

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Among people born in Germany, Johannes Althusius ranks 937 out of 5,289Before him are Princess Maria Josepha of Saxony (1867), Ernest Louis, Grand Duke of Hesse (1868), Josef Harpe (1887), Princess Marianne of the Netherlands (1810), Rudolf Erich Raspe (1736), and Walther Flemming (1843). After him are Thomas Bach (1953), Florian Geyer (1490), Sebastian Münster (1488), William Stern (1871), Georg-Hans Reinhardt (1887), and Bernhard Schlink (1944).


Among philosophers born in Germany, Johannes Althusius ranks 55Before him are Wilhelm Windelband (1848), Karl Rahner (1904), Rudolf Otto (1869), Gershom Scholem (1897), Franz Rosenzweig (1886), and Christian Thomasius (1655). After him are Paul Johann Anselm Ritter von Feuerbach (1775), Carl Gustav Hempel (1905), Paul Natorp (1854), Henry Suso (1295), Peter Sloterdijk (1947), and Leo Strauss (1899).