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Pufendorf, Samuel (1632–94)

DOI: 10.4324/9780415249126-T047-1
Version: v1,  Published online: 1998
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Pufendorf was the first university professor of the law of nature and nations. His De iure naturae et gentium (On the Law of Nature and Nations) (1672) and De officio hominis et civis iuxta legem naturalem (On the Duty of Man and Citizen according to Natural Law) (1673) greatly influenced the handling of that subject in the eighteenth century. As a result Pufendorf has been recognized as an important figure in the development of the conception of international law as a body of norms commonly agreed to have universal validity by sovereign states. He regarded himself as an exponent of a new moral science founded by Hugo Grotius which transformed the natural law tradition by starting from identifiable traits of human nature rather than ideas about what human beings ought to be.

Citing this article:
Ford, J.D.. Pufendorf, Samuel (1632–94), 1998, doi:10.4324/9780415249126-T047-1. Routledge Encyclopedia of Philosophy, Taylor and Francis,
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