Sacred polities, natural law and the law of nations in the 16th-17th centuries

Hans Blom* (Editor)

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Often considered a secularizing force in the rise of the nation state, natural law was also invoked in defence of confessional states. The fourteen chapters in this volume show how religious and secularizing approaches to natural and biblical law interacted and combined as early modern states navigated the fallout from the Reformation. From this new perspective, the volume revisits questions of political legitimacy, civic and ecclesiastical authority, societal stability, conceptions of the common good, liberalism’s value pluralism (and its pretence), toleration and the lingering humanist project of determining “who are we” – issues that were as important then as they are now.
Original languageEnglish
Place of PublicationLeiden
PublisherBrill Publishers
Number of pages349
ISBN (Electronic)978-90-04-50178-02
ISBN (Print)978-90-04-49853-2
Publication statusPublished - 21 Jan 2022

Publication series

SeriesHistory of European Political and Constitutional Thought


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