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Roman Law in the State of Nature

The Classical Foundations of Hugo Grotius' Natural Law

Roman Law in the State of Nature by Benjamin Straumann
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Roman Law in the State of Nature offers a new interpretation of the foundations of Hugo Grotius' natural law theory. Surveying the significance of texts from classical antiquity, Benjamin Straumann argues that certain classical texts, namely Roman law and a specifically Ciceronian brand of Stoicism, were particularly influential for Grotius in the construction of his theory of natural law. The book asserts that Grotius, a humanist steeped in Roman law, had many reasons to employ Roman tradition and explains how Cicero's ethics and Roman law - secular and offering a doctrine of the freedom of the high seas - were ideally suited to provide the rules for Grotius' state of nature. This fascinating new study offers historians, classicists and political theorists a fresh account of the historical background of the development of natural rights, natural law and of international legal norms as they emerged in seventeenth-century early modern Europe.
Cambridge University Press; February 2015
ISBN 9781316235409
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Title: Roman Law in the State of Nature
Author: Benjamin Straumann
 
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9781107092907
9781316235409
9781316237298