Nicolaus Ignaz Königsmann: Natural Law in Prague Before 1752

In: Grotiana
Author: Ivo Cerman 1
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  • 1 University of South Bohemia, Institute of History, Czech Republic

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The article discusses the reception of Grotius by Catholic lawyers at the university of Prague. It focuses on the Grotius commentary by Nicolaus Ignaz Königsmann (1688–1752), which was meant as a response to the discussion of Central European Catholic lawyers on questions of toleration and permissions in law. I argue that Königsmann agreed with Grotius because his conception could be combined with the Catholic belief in free will and dictamen sanae rationis. He grounded natural law in rational human nature and rejected attempts to derive natural law from the highest principle.

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