Algernon Sidney A Seventeenth Century Synthesis of Aristotle and Machiavelli


This study explains the evolution of Algernon Sidney's political thought. It offers some insights into his understanding of the works of Aristotle and Niccolò Machiavelli and of republican thought in general. By giving a contextual reading of his political philosophy this article contributes to a better understanding of republican thought in England. It also presents the key arguments against absolute monarchy presented by Algernon Sidney, notably in his Discourses Concerning Government. This work can be seen as a point-by-point refutation of Sir Robert Filmer's work justifying the absolute power of kings. Lastly this article contributes to understanding why Algernon Sidney's thought had an influence on the founding fathers of the United States and how his political philosophy influenced modern republicanism despite its relative obscurity today.

DOI Code: 10.1285/i18285368aXXXVIn102p58

Keywords: Sidney; Aristotle; Machiavelli; Filmer; republicanism; libert

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