Hugo Grotius’s Hermeneutics of Natural and Divine Law

In: Grotiana

Interchanges between political, juridical and theological thought in the early modern period have been studied extensively during the past decades. Less light has been cast on the corresponding interrelations between politico-juridical thought and biblical hermeneutics. However, this issue deserves some attention, too, as the following case study on Hugo Grotius wants to show by pointing to the mutual adjustment of juridical, theological and biblical arguments in the progress of the core semantics of Grotius’s natural law theory from De iure praedae to De iure belli ac pacis.

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    Haakonssen‘Hugo Grotius and the History of Political Thought’ p. 247.

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    Tuck Natural Rights Theories p. 59. While Tuck focuses on the political implications and applications of Grotius’s rights theory Haggenmacher has worked out the substantive identity of Grotius’s theory of the bellum iustum in ipc and ibp (Grotius et la doctrine de la guerre juste pp. 448–457).

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     As to this point see also Winkel‘Problems of legal systematization’ p. 72 f.

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    Van Dam Introduction pp. 13–16.

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     See Haakonssen‘Hugo Grotius and the History of Political Thought’ p. 254; for a respective account of the earlier works see Tuck Natural Rights Theories pp. 67–76.

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    Haakonssen‘Hugo Grotius and the History of Political Thought’ p. 247.

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