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Johannes Althusius

1563 - 1638

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Johannes Althusius (1563 – 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 55,693 page views. His biography is available in 25 different languages on Wikipedia. Johannes Althusius is the 392nd most popular philosopher (up from 395th in 2019), the 950th most popular biography from Germany (down from 937th in 2019) and the 53rd 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 392 out of 1,081Before him are Siger of Brabant, Bartolus de Saxoferrato, Paul Tillich, Saadia Gaon, Karl Rahner, and John of Salisbury. After him are Guan Zhong, Han Yu, Eubulides, Paul Natorp, Nicephorus Gregoras, and Heinrich Rickert.

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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, Jodocus Hondius, Andrew Báthory, Elisabeth of Anhalt-Zerbst, Jan Huyghen van Linschoten, and Hosokawa Gracia. Among people deceased in 1638, Johannes Althusius ranks 6Before him are Cornelius Jansen, John Harvard, Catherine of Sweden, Countess Palatine of Kleeburg, François Leclerc du Tremblay, and Ivan Gundulić. After him are Adriaen Brouwer, Cyril Lucaris, Amakusa Shirō, Peter Minuit, Francis Hyacinth, Duke of Savoy, and Willem Blaeu.

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Among people born in Germany, Johannes Althusius ranks 950 out of 6,142Before him are Hans Jakob Christoffel von Grimmelshausen (1622), Hans Scholl (1918), Karl Rahner (1904), Henry I, Duke of Bavaria (920), Emil Maurice (1897), and Klaus Hasselmann (1931). After him are Robert Michels (1876), Herbert Gille (1897), Sophie of Württemberg (1818), Karl Abraham (1877), Erich Auerbach (1892), and Max Wolf (1863).


Among philosophers born in Germany, Johannes Althusius ranks 53Before him are Hermann Cohen (1842), Wilhelm Windelband (1848), Moses Hess (1812), Karl Robert Eduard von Hartmann (1842), Gershom Scholem (1897), and Karl Rahner (1904). After him are Paul Natorp (1854), Christian Thomasius (1655), Paul Johann Anselm Ritter von Feuerbach (1775), Carl Gustav Hempel (1905), Peter Sloterdijk (1947), and Hans Reichenbach (1891).