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TitleEarly Modern Natural Law Theories [electronic resource] : Contexts and Strategies in the Early Enlightenment / edited by T. J. Hochstrasser, P. Schrรถder
ImprintDordrecht : Springer Netherlands : Imprint: Springer, 2003
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Descript XVIII, 342 p. online resource


The study of natural law theories in the early Enlightenment continues to be one of the most fruitful areas of research in early modern intellectual history. In recent years there have been substantial reassessments of Grotius, Pufendorf, Thomasius 1 and the whole university-based tradition associated with the Frรผhaujklรคrung. The appeal of the discourse of natural jurisprudence to groups and individuals operating outside conventional educational and political structures - such as the Huguenot diaspora - has also been highlighted? Moreover the contextual understanding of the work of unambiguously major philosophers such as Hobbes and Kant - and its reception - has been greatly enhanced by studies that have sought to view them as 3 participants in rather than bystanders alongside the discourse of natural law. Thus thinkers previously not considered central to this discourse have been incorporated into it afresh. However, there is no danger of natural jurisprudence going unchallenged as the meta-discourse of political theory in this period, for recently new studies of the role of libertine and jansenist thought in shaping the priorities of the early Republic of Letters have challenged its position among the intellectual 4 achievements of the social and political theory of the early Enlightenment. This volume therefore offers a timely opportunity to reassess both the coherence of the concept of 'early Enlightenment' and the specific contribution of natural law theories to it


Before and after Natural Law: Models of Natural Law in Ancient and Modern Times -- Taming the Leviathan โ{128}{148} Reading Hobbes in Seventeenth-Century Europe -- Malebranche and Natural Law -- The Reception of Hugo Grotiusโ{128}{153}s De Jure Belli AC Pacis in the Early German Enlightenment -- Revolution Principles, IUS Naturae, and IUS Gentium in Early-Enlightenment Scotland: The Contribution of Sir Francis Grant, Lord Cullen (C.1660โ{128}{147}1726) -- Natural Jurisprudence, Argument from History and Constitutional Struggle in the Early Enlightenment: The Case of Gottlieb Samuel Treuerโ{128}{153}s Polemic Against Absolutism in 1719 -- The Love of a Sage or the Command of a Superior: The Natural Law Doctrines of Leibniz and Pufendorf -- Voluntarism and Moral Obligation: Barbeyracโ{128}{153}s Defence of Pufendorf Revisited -- The Politics of Self-Preservation: Toleration and Identity in Pufendorf and Locke -- De Sympathia et Antipathia Rerum: Natural Law, Religion and the Rejection of Mechanistic Science in the Works of Christian Thomasius -- โ{128}{156}Decorumโ{128}{157} and โ{128}{156}Politesseโ{128}{157}: Thomasiusโ{128}{153}s Theory of Civilised Society in Comparative Perspective -- Natural Law and Enlightenment in France and Scotland โ{128}{148} A Comparative Perspective -- Notes onContributors

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