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Political Ethics of Martin Rakovský: Between Machiavelli and Luther

(Original title: Etika politiky Martina Rakovského: Medzi Machiavellim a Lutherom)
Filozofia, 2009, vol. 64, No 6, pp. 560-567.
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The writings of Martin Rakovský can be seen as a reflection of the problems, including political ones, of his time. His aim was also to offer an idea of a perfect ruler, who would bring peoples the peace and calm down the stormy events of the 16th century. The personal virtues of such a ruler should have been the guarantee of the welfare of all citizens. Given Rakovský’s religious attitude he can be regarded as a re- formation humanist standing between Machiavelli and Luther.

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