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Paul J. du Plessis and John W. Cairns

Print publication date: 2016

Print ISBN-13: 9781474408851

Published to Edinburgh Scholarship Online: January 2017

DOI: 10.3366/edinburgh/9781474408851.001.0001

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Reassessing Legal Humanism and its Claims

John W Cairns

Edinburgh University Press

William Forbes (1668/1671–1745) neatly expressed a view of what we now know as legal humanism in his “Great Body of the Law of Scotland” when he wrote:

Andreas Alciat a Milaneze was the first who united the study of the law with polite learning and the knowledge of antiquities. Many learned men who by their elaborate writings afford much light to the Roman law, have copied after him. But James Cujace, born at Tholause, acquired and discovered so complete a knowledge of it that he has surpassed all that went before him and is a true guide to those that came after him....

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