These articles explore issues of importance to the theory of constitutionalism. Friedrich Julius Stahl’s work is fundamentally important to this subject, but this work has been completely neglected. Here is an effort to rectify that. The Stahl Dossier at WordBridge Publishing has a biography and translations of his most important work. The following (except for the article on popular sovereignty) are excerpted from that work.

Stahl on the Ethical Kingdom

Stahl on the Ethical Kingdom

Here Stahl introduces his concept of the ethical kingdom, a useful framework with which to view human society. This personal-legal framework is an expression of convenantalism, without that term being used. Through this lens human society comes into view...
Stahl on the State as Ethical Kingdom

Stahl on the State as Ethical Kingdom

Here Stahl situates the state within the larger context of the ethical kingdom, rescuing it from various notions by which it either is divorced from the kingdom of God in various secular iterations, or made into a direct expression of the kingdom of...
Stahl on the Two Principles of State Order

Stahl on the Two Principles of State Order

Assuming  the rightness of the critique provided by anti-revolutionary thinkers such as Groen van Prinsterer , what then should be the result? Obviously, by the nature of the case, Christians, being anti-revolutionaries (whether Rousseauian or Jeffersonian:...
Stahl on the Monarchical Principle

Stahl on the Monarchical Principle

Taken from chapter twelve of Friedrich Julius Stahl, The Doctrine of State & the Principles of State Law  (WordBridge Publishing), pp. 275-314. The Monarchical Principle (1) §. 110. The English Parliamentary Principle The German Confederation s...
Popular Sovereignty

Popular Sovereignty

What is meant by this, and why is it so important? Sovereignty is one of the key concepts of the social order. Properly defining it helps one avoid a multitude of errors. Essentially what sovereignty establishes is the ultimate right of arbitration...