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An Introduction to the History of the Principal Ki... - a book by Pufendorf, Samuel

An Introduction to the History of the Principal Kingdoms and States of Europe

An Introduction to the History of the Principal Kingdoms and States of Europe( )
Author: Pufendorf, Samuel
Publication Date:Sep 2013
Publisher:Liberty Fund, Incorporated
Book Format:Ebook
List Price:USD $24.00
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Samuel Pufendorf was a pivotal figure in the earlyGerman Enlightenment and, along with Grotius, thegreat renewer of natural law theory. His version ofvoluntarist natural law theory had a major influenceboth on the European continent and in the English-speakingworld, particularly Scotland and America.An Introduction to the History of the PrincipalKingdoms and States of Europe was firsttranslated in 1695 but has been rare in English sincethe late eighteenth...
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Detailed Subjects: History / Europe / General
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Pufendorf, Samuel (Author)
Born in Dorfchemnitz, Saxony, the son of a Lutheran pastor, Samuel Pufendorf was educated at Leipzig and Jena. At Jena he first read Grotius and Hobbes, and studied under Erhard Weigel. In 1658 he became a tutor in the household of the Swedish ambassador to Denmark; when war erupted between these two countries, he was imprisoned for eight months. It was during this time that Pufendorf wrote his first work in philosophy of law, the brief Universal Elements of Jurisprudence (1660). Subsequently he taught jurisprudence at the University of Heidelberg and the University of Lund (in Sweden); from 1688 onward he lived in Berlin as court historian to the Duke of Brandenburg. Pufendorf produced historical writings, such as his 1667 account of the Holy Roman Empire, as well as treatises on moral and legal philosophy. His greatest work was the On the Law of Nature and Nations (1672). Although Pufendorf is often described (accurately enough) as a natural rights theorist and also as the thinker who first introduced the ideas of Grotius and Hobbes into Germany, his true originality consisted in his view that a society's law and morality are a function of its culture considered as a determinate and living whole. He may thus be regarded as the inventor of the sociological approach to law. As a historian, he anticipated many of the views of nineteenth-century historicism. 020

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