The Renaissance outlook and the new European political and legal tradition

Zhdanov, P. S.
September 2014
Russian Juridical Journal / Rossijskij Juridiceskij Zurnal;2014, Vol. 97 Issue 5, p69
Academic Journal
The author touches upon the issue of determining the point in which the current Western political and legal tradition has its origins. The author stands for an idea about considering this tradition in the context of the Renaissance outlook. The main features of this outlook in their relation to general categories of the new European political and legal thinking are characterized. The Renaissance approach to understanding the state as «a work of art» is analized. This approach reflects a new view of state and law as products of purposeful human activities. The natural law concepts of the Renaissance are explored in the context of natural-philosophical views. Rationalistic tendencies in the Renaissance political and legal thinking are studied by the example of Machiavelli's views and utopian projects on a social life totally subordinated by reason demands. The European political and legal tradition is running down today because its outlook premises formed in the Renaissance times are pushing from the basic values of postmodern society.


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