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Natural Law and the Theory of Property

Stephen Buckle

Published in print September 1993 | ISBN: 9780198240945
Published online October 2011 | e-ISBN: 9780191680304 | DOI: https://dx.doi.org/10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198240945.001.0001

Series: Clarendon Paperbacks

Natural Law and the Theory of Property

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In this book, the author provides a historical perspective on the political philosophies of Locke and Hume, arguing that there are continuities in the development of 17th- and 18th-century political theory that have often gone unrecognized. The book begins with a detailed exposition of Grotius's and Pufendorf's modern natural law theories, focusing on their accounts of the nature of natural law, human sociability, the development of forms of property, and the question of slavery. It then shows that Locke's political theory takes up and develops these basic themes of natural law. The author argues further that, rather than being a departure from this tradition, the moral sense theory of Hutcheson and Hume represents an attempt — which is not entirely successful — to underpin the natural law theory with an adequate moral psychology.

Keywords: Locke; Hume; Grotius; Pufendorf; Hutcheson; political philosophy; natural law; human sociability; property; slavery

Book.  340 pages. 

Subjects: Social and Political Philosophy

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Hugo Grotius in Natural Law and the Theory of Property

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