Early modern friendship

Politics and law

in Friendship among nations
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This chapter makes a case for the enduring persistence of the political contractual concept of friendship and its key place in early modern political and legal thought. The concept of political friendship was rearticulated in theories of the internal arrangement of and relations between political communities. This casts a new light on the political and social order at the dawn of the sovereign state and modern international regimes. Renaissance and early modern discourses on the law of nations and nature offer a distinct and clear range of reference for the concept. Contributions from various philosophical and juridical traditions overlap in linking friendship to ideas of contracted agreement, an 'international treaty' open to classification and specific duties that a contract obliges parties to pay. These ideas contain further implications for political equality and inequality, spatial order and territorial integrity.

Friendship among nations

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