Natural Law and Civil Sovereignty

Moral Right and State Authority in Early Modern Political Thought

  • Ian Hunter
  • David Saunders

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xii
  2. Introduction

    1. Ian Hunter, David Saunders
      Pages 1-10
  3. Natural Law and Civil Authority

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 11-11
    2. Blandine Kriegel
      Pages 13-26
    3. Knud Haakonssen
      Pages 27-42
  4. The Struggle over Church and State

  5. Natural Law and the Limits of Sovereignty

  6. Natural Law and Sovereignty in Context

  7. Early Modern Thought and Modern Politics

  8. Back Matter
    Pages 253-257

About this book


In Natural Law and Civil Sovereignty new research by leading international scholars is brought to bear on a single crucial issue: the role of early modern natural law doctrines in reconstructing the relations between moral right and civil authority in the face of profound religious and political conflict. In addition to providing fresh insights into the hard-fought struggle to legitimate a desacralised civil order, the book also shows the degree to which the legitimacy of the modern secular state remains dependent on this decisive set of developments.


Church and State cognition conflict development natural law political thought politics property punishment quality research state Thomas Hobbes

Editors and affiliations

  • Ian Hunter
    • 1
  • David Saunders
    • 2
  1. 1.Centre for the History of European DiscoursesUniversity of QueenslandSt LuciaAustralia
  2. 2.Faculty of ArtsGriffith UniversityNathanAustralia

Bibliographic information

  • DOI
  • Copyright Information Palgrave Macmillan, a division of Macmillan Publishers Limited 2002
  • Publisher Name Palgrave Macmillan, London
  • eBook Packages Palgrave History Collection
  • Print ISBN 978-1-349-42809-0
  • Online ISBN 978-1-4039-1953-3
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