De Sympathia et Antipathia Rerum: Natural Law, Religion and the Rejection of Mechanistic Science in the Works of Christian Thomasius

  • Thomas Ahnert
Part of the Archives Internationales d’Histoire des Idées / International Archives of the History of Ideas book series (ARCH, volume 186)


Natural law theory in the early Enlightenment often is closely related to other fields of early modern learning, such as theology or natural philosophy. Boundaries between different disciplines were highly permeable and scholars frequently strove to integrate disparate areas of knowledge in a coherent world-view. It was, therefore, not unusual for the same ideas and arguments to be used in different areas, which would now be regarded as separate and unrelated. Hobbes, Boyle, More, Cumberland, Spinoza, Descartes and Leibniz1, to name only a few, all believed that questions of natural philosophy, law and theology were intimately related to each other. The purpose of this article is to examine this relationship between natural law theory, religion and science in the case of the philosopher and jurist Christian Thomasius.


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