Natural Law Theories in the Early Enlightenment

Natural Law Theories in the Early Enlightenment

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Natural Law Theories in the Early Enlightenment

This study examines the development of natural law theories in the early stages of the Enlightenment in Germany and France. T. J. Hochstrasser investigates the influence of theories of natural law from Grotius to Kant, with a comparative analysis of important intellectual innovations in ethics and political philosophy. This book assesses the first histories of political thought, giving insights into eighteenth-century natural jurisprudence. Ambitious in range and conceptually sophisticated, it will be of great interest to scholars in history, political thought, law and philosophy.

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ISBN-13: 9780521661935
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Publication date: 02/28/2007
Series: Ideas in Context Series , #58
Pages: 268
Product dimensions: 5.98(w) x 8.98(h) x 0.75(d)
Lexile: 1790L (what's this?)

Table of Contents

Preface; 1. Introduction: natural law and its history in the early Enlightenment; 2. Socialitas and the history of natural law: Pufendorf's defence of De Jure Naturae et Gentium; 3. Voluntarism and moral epistemology: a comparison of Leibniz and Pufendorf; 4. Christian Thomasius and the development of Pufendorf's natural jurisprudence; 5. Natural law theory and its historiography in the era of Christian Wolff; 6. Conclusion: the end of the 'history of morality' in Germany; Bibliography; Index.

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