Forthcoming Series: Early Modern Natural Law: Studies & Sources


Edited by Frank Grunert, Halle, Knud Haakonssen, St Andrews and Erfurt, and Diethelm Klippel, Bayreuth

Natural law changed its character in the post-Reformation period, mainly because it became an academic discipline. This institutionalisation happened first in Protestant countries but increasingly also in Catholic areas. In the hands of philosophers and jurists rather than theologians the subject served a wide variety of purposes in domestic, colonial, imperial and international politics, in judicial administration, legislation and reform, in social analysis and in the inculcation of social ethics. Although concerned with the foundations of morality, law and politics, earlymodern natural law was far from a coherent philosophical theory, but rather the framework for fundamental disputes. What kind of natural law was adopted in a given place and period was often a matter of local controversy in state, church and university. At the same time, natural law was characterised by extensive trans-national networks.

The series is closely connected with the international project on Natural Law 1625-1850, and is devoted to the publication of both primary sources and scholarly discussions relating to early-modern natural law. To the former purpose we publish in particular important manuscript materials but will also consider re-editions of early modern published texts. Scholarship encompasses monographs and edited volumes of essays.

Inquiries about publication possibilities within the series may be addressed to any of the series editors.

ISSN: 2589-5982

Board of Advisors

  • Maria Rosa Antognazza, King’s College London
  • John Cairns, University of Edinburgh
  • Thomas Duve, Max-Planck-Institut für Europäische Rechtsgeschichte, Frankfurt am Main
  • Ian Hunter, University of Queensland
  • Martin Mulsow, Universität Erfurt
  • Barbara Stollberg-Rilinger, Westfälische Wilhelms-Universität Münster and Wissenschaftskolleg zu Berlin
  • Simone Zurbuchen, Université de Lausanne

Forthcoming Titles in this Series

  • Natural Law 1625 – 1850: Cross-Sections of an Academic Subject
    Editors: Frank Grunert, Knud Haakonssen, and Diethelm Klippel
  • Samuel Pufendorf: Disciple of Hobbes. For a Re-Interpretation of Modern Natural Law
    Fiammetta Palladini
  • The Law of Nations and Natural Law 1625-1800
    Editor: Simone Zurbuchen
  • A Humanist in Politics: Melanchthon on Moral Philosophy and Natural Law
    Mads L. Jensen
  • Love as the Principle of Natural Law. The Natural Law Theory of Johann Gottlieb Heineccius and its Contexts
    Editors: Frank Grunert and Knud Haakonssen
  • Joseph Hillebrand: Naturrecht und allgemeine Politik. Sommersemester 1834
    Editors: Doreen Haring, Udo Roth, and Gideon Stiening
  • Auf dem Weg zu Kants Rechtslehre — das Naturrecht Feyerabend
    Editors: Gianluca Sadun Bordoni, Dieter Hüning, and Stefan Klingner