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Pufendorf, Samuel, Freiherr von. (1632-1694)

 

 Pufendorf, Samuel, Freiherr von. (1632-1694)

 

Samuelis Pufendorfii De Jure Naturae et Gentium Libri Octo. Londini Scanorum: sumptibus Adami Junghans imprimebat, vitus Haberegger, 1672.

Pufendorf belonged to the natural law school of legal theory and was heavily influenced by Thomas Hobbes and Hugo Grotius, although in some respects critical of the latter. Although Pufendorf was deeply religious, his most important legal work, known in English as On the Law of Nature and of Nations, is known for its secular defense of natural and international law. One of Pufendorf's most important contributions to the law of nations is his conception of equality, both of individuals and of nations. Pufendorf rejected Grotius' idea that one nation could punish another for breaches of natural law.

Translation of title: On the Law of Nature and of Nations
First published: 1672
Other editions in the Riesenfeld Research Center:

Of the Law of Nature and Nations, 1703
Le Droit de la Nature et des Gens, 1712
Of the Law of Nature and Nations, 1712
Le Droit de la Nature et des Gens, 1734
Sam. L. B. a Pufendorf De Jure Naturæ et Gentium, Libri Octo, 1744
Other edition in the Law Library's general collection:
De Jure Naturae et Gentium Libri Octo, 1934 (includes English translation)

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