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Natural Law Theories in the Early Enlightenment

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T. J. HochstrasserLondon School of Economics and Political Science

ISBN13: 9780521661935
ISBN: 0521661935
Published: September 2000
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Country of Publication: UK
Format: Hardback
Price: £79.99



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This major addition to Ideas in Context examines the development of natural law theories in the early stages of the Enlightenment in Germany and France. T. J. Hochstrasser investigates the influence exercised by theories of natural law from Grotius to Kant, with a comparative analysis of the important intellectual innovations in ethics and political philosophy of the time. Hochstrasser includes the writings of Samuel Pufendorf and his followers who evolved a natural law theory based on human sociability and reason, fostering a new methodology in German philosophy. This book assesses the first histories of political thought since ancient times, giving insights into the nature and influence of debate within eighteenth-century natural jurisprudence. Ambitious in range and conceptually sophisticated, Natural Law Theories in the Early Enlightenment will be of great interest to scholars in history, political thought, law and philosophy. Natural Law Theories in the Early Enlightenment has been selected as the winner of the annual Morris D. Forkosch Prize for the best book in intellectual history published in 2000.

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Subjects:
Legal History
Contents:
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.