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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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The ‘Iura Connata’ in the Natural Law of Christian Wolff

The ‘Iura Connata’ in the Natural Law of Christian Wolff

(p.196) 8 The ‘Iura Connata’ in the Natural Law of Christian Wolff
Philosophy, Rights and Natural Law

Frank Grunert

Edinburgh University Press

Whether Christian Wolff’s concept of innate rights is a substantial contribution to the development of the concept of human rights or not has been a major concern of recent literature. This chapter explores the role of Christian Wolff’s conception of iuraconnata or innate rights as possible foundations for the modern doctrine of human rights, imbuing natural law with a degree of transhistoricality and engaging with Knud Haakonssen’s rather different treatment of Wolff’s natural rights as alienable.

Keywords:   Natural law, Christian Wolff, Natural rights, Innate rights

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