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Author: Samuel von Pufendorf , Jean BarbeyracPublisher: Printed for R. Gosling [etc.­]Year published: 1735Book contributor: University of MichiganLanguage: English1 downloads in the last monthDownload Ebook: (PDF) (EPUB)

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Samuel Pufendorf's seminal work, The Whole Duty of Man, According to the Law of Nature (first published in Latin in 1673), was among the first to suggest a purely conventional basis for natural law. Rejecting scholasticism’s metaphysical theories, Pufendorf found the source of natural law in humanity’s need to cultivate sociability. At the same time, he distanced himself from Hobbes’s deduction of such needs from self-­interest. The result was a sophisticated theory of the conventional character of man’s social persona and of all political institutions. Pufendorf wrote this work to make his insights accessible to a wide range of readers, especially university students. As ministers, teachers, and public servants, they would have to struggle with issues of sovereignty and of the relationship between church and state that dominated the new state system of Europe in the aftermath of the Peace of Westphalia (1648). The Whole Duty was first translated into English in 1691. The fourth . . .

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Samuel Pufendorf's seminal work, The Whole Duty
of Man, According to the Law of Nature (first
published in Latin in 1673), was among the first to
suggest a purely conventional basis for natural law.
Rejecting scholasticism’s metaphysical theories,
Pufendorf found the source of natural law in humanity’s
need to cultivate sociability. At the same time, he
distanced himself from Hobbes’s deduction of such needs
from self-­interest. The result was a sophisticated theory of
the conventional character of man’s social persona and
of all political institutions.
Pufendorf wrote this work to make his insights
accessible to a wide range of readers, especially
university students. As ministers, teachers, and public
servants, they would have to struggle with issues of
sovereignty and of the relationship between church and
state that dominated the new state system of Europe in
the aftermath of the Peace of Westphalia (1648).
The Whole Duty was first translated into English in
1691. The fourth . . .

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