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Natural Law and the Theory of Property: Grotius to Hume

Stephen Buckle


In this book, the author provides a historical perspective on the political philosophies of Locke and Hume, arguing that there are continuities in the development of 17th- and 18th-century political theory that have often gone unrecognized. The book begins with a detailed exposition of Grotius's and Pufendorf's modern natural law theories, focusing on their accounts of the nature of natural law, human sociability, the development of forms of property, and the question of slavery. It then shows that Locke's political theory takes up and develops these basic themes of natural law. The author arg ... More

Keywords: Locke, Hume, Grotius, Pufendorf, Hutcheson, political philosophy, natural law, human sociability, property, slavery

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 1993 Print ISBN-13: 9780198240945
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: October 2011 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198240945.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Stephen Buckle, author
University of Sydney