By Richard Cumberland
"A Treatise of the legislation of Nature", initially titled "De Legibus Naturae", first seemed in 1672 as a theoretical reaction to a number of concerns that got here jointly in the course of the overdue 1660s. It conveyed a conviction that technological know-how may perhaps provide a good technique of demonstrating either the contents and the compulsory strength of the legislation of nature. At a time while Hobbes's paintings looked as if it would recommend that the appliance of technological know-how undermined instead of supported the assumption of compulsory traditional legislation, Cumberland's "De Legibus Naturae" supplied a systematic rationalization of the common necessity of altruism. via his argument for an ethical legal responsibility to ordinary legislation, Cumberland made a serious intervention within the early debate over the function of typical jurisprudence at a second while the common legislations venture was once largely suspected of heterodoxy and incoherence. this can be the 1st smooth variation of "A Treatise of the legislation of Nature", in line with John Maxwell's English translation of 1727. The variation contains Maxwell's wide notes and appendixes. It additionally presents, for the 1st time in English, manuscript additions by means of Cumberland and fabric from Barbeyrac's 1744 French version and John Towers's version of 1750.
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1 Morality and Religion conduct our Will in the Pursuit of Good. Man Political is consider’d, as a Member of Society. The Societies are various, of which a Man may at the same Time be 1. ” 25 Man consider’d in his various Capacities. 26 essay i a Member, who may, therefore, be considered in as many various Political Lights. Oeconomics regulate his Conduct, as Member of a Family; the Laws of his Country, as Member of the Common-Wealth; the Laws of Nature, as he is a Member of Human Society; and Religion, as he is a Member of a holy Society of rational Agents, with God at their Head, which constitute what we call a Church.
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A Treatise of the Laws of Nature (Natural Law and Enlightenment Classics) by Richard Cumberland