Often considered a secularizing force in the rise of the nation state, natural law was also invoked in defence of confessional states. The fourteen chapters in this volume show how religious and secularizing approaches to natural and biblical law interacted and combined as early modern states navigated the fallout from the Reformation. From this new perspective, the volume revisits questions of political legitimacy, civic and ecclesiastical authority, societal stability, conceptions of the common good, liberalism’s value pluralism (and its pretence), toleration and the lingering humanist project of determining “who are we” – issues that were as important then as they are now.
Contributors are: Dominique Bauer, Thomas Behme, Hans Blom, Jiří Chotaš, Alberto Clerici, Stefanie Ertz, Arthur Eyffinger, Heikki Haara, Mads Langballe Jensen, Adriana Luna-Fabritius, Denis Ramelet, József Simon, and Markus M. Totzeck.
Hans W. Blom, Ph.D. (1995), Utrecht University, taught history of political thought at Erasmus University Rotterdam, and publishes books and articles on Dutch political thought in the seventeenth century. He is editor-in-chief of Grotiana.
Notes on Contributors
Hans W. Blom
part 1 Humanist Inroads into Natural Law 2 Natural Law and National Polity The Leiden Discourse on State and Church (1575–1625) Arthur Eyffinger
3 ‘Without prophetic and apostolic voices’ Niels Hemmingsen’s On the law of Nature According to a Demonstrative Method
Mads Langballe Jensen
4 Between Scripture and Stoicism The Duty of Intervention in the Calvinist Monarchomachs Alberto Clerici
5 Separating the Universal and Natural from the Particular in the Mosaic Legislation The Humanist and Calvinist Context of Franciscus Junius’s De politiae Mosis observatione (1593) Markus M. Totzeck
6 Challenges of Universalism Theologico-Philosophical Considerations of Natural Law by Transylvanian Antitrinitarians in the Late Sixteenth Century (Jacobus Palaeologus and Christian Francken) József Simon
7 Natural Law, Contingency and History in the Legal Thought of Francisco Suárez
part 2 Hugo Grotius and Samuel Pufendorf 8 Grotius on Natural Law
9 Erastianism and Natural Law in Hugo Grotius’s De imperio summarum potestatum circa sacra Stefanie Ertz
10 Grotius on the Foundation of Natural Law
11 Pufendorf’s Lutheranism
12 Pufendorf Coercion, Religious Beliefs and Toleration Heikki Haara
13 Moral Entities, Divine Will and Natural Law According to Pufendorf
14 Providence and Uses of Grotian Strategies in Neapolitan Political Thought, 1650–1750
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