La questione della 'potentia Dei absoluta' in Alberico Gentili: l’adesione sui generis al luteranesimo in quanto elemento storico-genealogico della riflessione sui concetti del principe e della sovranità

Alberico Gentili. Diritto internazionale e Riforma, 2018, pp.113-145

Massimiliano Traversino Di Cristo 1,2
1 Le Studium Loire Valley Institute for Advanced Studies, 45000 Orléans, France
2 CESR - Centre d'études supérieures de la Renaissance UMR 7323


Among the most debated questions of today's historiography, comparison is increasingly relevant. This is mainly due to the impact it has on fields of study as different as anthropology, law, religion, history, etc., and the extremely variegated articulation to which it gives rise between them. In my paper, I will concentrate on the ambit of normative history and consider the case of Alberico Gentili (†1608). With respect to Gentili, comparison helps us trace the role of theology and religious ideas in early-modern legal debates on prince and sovereignty. Special attention will be given to the distinction between God’s absolute and ordered power (potentia Dei absoluta and ordinata) and to Gentili’s image of Luther.


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