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Francis Osborne. Repubblicanesimo e Ragion di Stato durante la Rivoluzione Inglese

  • Authors: Scichilone, G
  • Publication year: 2009
  • Type: Articolo in rivista (Articolo in rivista)
  • Key words: Francis Osborne, republicanism, English revolution, reason of state, intellectual history.
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Francis Osborne (1593-1659) was the celebrated author of The Advice to a Son, a very popular book in his days. He also wrote some tracts and pamphlets during the so called “Engagement Controversy”, that led to the publication of many republican writings to support the new regime. Osborn’s intellectual and ideological contribution was peculiar, because his condemn of tyranny was carried on in a political language that used Machiavellian ideas, the republican concept of liberty and the new and well-known expression “reason of state”.