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Philosophy, Rights and Natural LawEssays in Honour of Knud Haakonssen$
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Ian Hunter and Richard Whatmore

Print publication date: 2019

Print ISBN-13: 9781474449229

Published to Edinburgh Scholarship Online: September 2019

DOI: 10.3366/edinburgh/9781474449229.001.0001

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Theory and Practice in the Natural Law of Christian Thomasius

Theory and Practice in the Natural Law of Christian Thomasius

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(p.169) 7 Theory and Practice in the Natural Law of Christian Thomasius
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Philosophy, Rights and Natural Law
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Ian Hunter

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Edinburgh University Press
DOI:10.3366/edinburgh/9781474449229.003.0008

Christian Thomasius’s natural law works are usually interpreted as providing a philosophical theory for his positive public law treatises on church and constitutional law. This chapter argues to the contrary that Thomasius’s public law writings are founded not in his natural law but in positive imperial public law as this was received in the state of Brandenburg-Prussia. In this context, the central role of his natural law was as a program for the pedagogical formation of law students.

Keywords:   Christian Thomasius, Natural law, Public Law, Church law, Rights, Pedagogy

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