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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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Economising Natural Law: Pufendorf on Moral Quantities and Sumptuary Legislation

Economising Natural Law: Pufendorf on Moral Quantities and Sumptuary Legislation

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(p.241) 10 Economising Natural Law: Pufendorf on Moral Quantities and Sumptuary Legislation
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Philosophy, Rights and Natural Law
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Michael Seidler

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Edinburgh University Press
DOI:10.3366/edinburgh/9781474449229.003.0011

Pufendorf’s theory of moral entities imposes a normative grid upon an indifferent world and articulates the positive, non-metaphysical nature of morality. This chapter focuses especially on the function of moral quantities, which set the prices of things and the esteem of persons. It clarifies the moral economy constituted by these values through an examination of Pufendorf’s view of sumptuary laws and their role in the state. The need to calculate particular values within a broader normative context shows also how Pufendorf’s method is both demonstrative and casuistic.

Keywords:   casuistry, economics, imposition, method, moral entities, moral quantities, sumptuary laws

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