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Grotius, Hugo (1583–1645)

DOI: 10.4324/9780415249126-T034-1
Version: v1,  Published online: 1998
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Scholar, lawyer and statesman, Grotius contributed to a number of different disciplines. His reputation as the founder both of a new international order and of a new moral science rests largely on his De iure belli ac pacis (The Law of War and Peace) (1625). Though the tendency today is to regard Grotius as one figure among others in the development of the concept of international law, he is increasingly regarded as one of the most original moral philosophers of the seventeenth century, in particular as having laid the foundations for the post-sceptical doctrine of natural law that flourished during the Enlightenment.

Citing this article:
Ford, J.D.. Grotius, Hugo (1583–1645), 1998, doi:10.4324/9780415249126-T034-1. Routledge Encyclopedia of Philosophy, Taylor and Francis,
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