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Roman Law in the State of Nature: The Classical Foundations of Hugo Grotius' Natural Law

Benjamin Straumann; translated by Belinda Cooper
Format
Book
Published
New York : Cambridge University Press, 2015.
Language
English
Series
Ideas in Context
ISBN
9781107092907, 1107092906
Summary
"Roman Law in the State of Nature offers a new interpretation of the foundations of Hugo Grotius' natural law theory. Surveying the significance of texts from classical antiquity, Benjamin Straumann argues that certain classical texts, namely Roman law and a specifically Ciceronian brand of Stoicism, were particularly influential for Grotius in the construction of his theory of natural law. The book asserts that Grotius, a humanist steeped in Roman law, had many reasons to employ Roman tradition and explains how Cicero's ethics and Roman law - secular and offering a doctrine of the freedom of the high seas - were ideally suited to provide the rules for Grotius' state of nature. This fascinating new study offers historians, classicists and political theorists a fresh account of the historical background of the development of natural rights, natural law and of international legal norms as they emerged in seventeenth-century early modern Europe"--
Contents
  • 1. Natural law in historical context
  • 2. A novel doctrine of the sources of law : nature and the classics
  • 3. The influnece of classical rhetoric on Grotius' method
  • 4. Social instinct or self-preservation?
  • 5. Justice for the state of nature : from Aristotle to the Corpus Iuris
  • 6. Grotius' concept of the state of nature
  • 7. Roman remedies in the state of nature
  • 8. Natural rights and just wars
  • 9. Enforcing natural law : the right to punish.
Description
xvi, 269 unnumbered pages ; 24 cm.
Notes
Includes bibliographical references and index.
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