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Pufendorf: On the Duty of Man and Citizen according to Natural Law

Pufendorf: On the Duty of Man and Citizen according to Natural Law

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Part of Cambridge Texts in the History of Political Thought

  • Date Published: July 1991
  • availability: Available
  • format: Paperback
  • isbn: 9780521359801

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  • Samuel Pufendorf is one of the most important moral and political philosophers of the seventeenth century. His theory, which builds on Grotius and Hobbes, was immediately recognized as a classic and taken up by writers as diverse as Locke, Hume, Rousseau, and Smith. Over the past twenty years there has been a renaissance of Pufendorf scholarship. On the Duty of Man and Citizen is Pufendorf's own epitome of his monumental On the Law of Nature and of Nations, and it served as a basic text in European universities throughout the Enlightenment. This edition has a lucid and historically sensitive translation by Michael Silverthorne, the first since the early twentieth century. James Tully's introduction sets the text in its context, summarizes the main arguments, surveys recent literature on Pufendorf, and shows how Pufendorf transformed natural law theory into an independent discipline of juristic political philosophy that dominated reflection on politics until Kant.

    • Pufendorf's theory of natural law was one of the most influential theory of the 17th and 18th centuries. This volume is a succinct condensed version of this theory, a reply to Hobbes which influenced Locke, Hume and Rousseau
    • This is the first translation of the work since the early twentieth-century
    • Has a clear introduction putting the work into context, a chronology and a bibliography
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    " invaluable resource for anyone interested in the origins and development of modern moral and political philosophy, beyond the way that history has been shaped by the now canonical figures and texts." Canadian Philosophical Reviews

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    Product details

    • Date Published: July 1991
    • format: Paperback
    • isbn: 9780521359801
    • length: 236 pages
    • dimensions: 220 x 142 x 14 mm
    • weight: 0.31kg
    • availability: Available
  • Table of Contents

    Main works by Pufendorf and abbreviations
    Chronology of Pufendorf's life and publications
    Editor's introduction
    Bibliographical note
    Translator's note
    On the Duty of Man and Citizen According to Natural Law

  • Author

    Samuel Pufendorf


    James Tully, McGill University, Montréal


    Michael Silverthorne, McGill University, Montréal

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