According to the Natural Law (1673) Samuel von Pufendorf. This development was premised upon the articulation of a concept of social phenomena, a sphere that had some sort of identity separate from the individual persons ‘manning’ it. Chair of Scots Law, Edinburgh, 1737-1765; Teaching. Abstract. In his masterpiece, The Eight Books on the Law of Nature and Nations, von Pufendorf argued that man’s natural state is a state of peace, contrasting this view with Hobbes’s theory that man’s natural state is a state of war. p. cm.— (Cambridge texts in the history of political thought) Translation of: De officio hominis et civis. On the duty of man and citizen according to natural law / Pufendorf: edited by James Tully : translated by Michael Silverthorne. Early-modern natural law was as inter-disciplinary as the Max-Weber-Lecture programme and in fact became a major seed-bed for early forms of social science. Like any other early reformists and innovators of his time, Pufendorf faced the challenges of method in specific terms. Principles of the Law of Scotland combines Justinian’s Institute with Pufendorf’s natural law; ‘it was the introduction of generations of Scots lawyers to their legal system’ (ODNB*); Publications, Manuscripts, and other Resources ‘Notes on lectures delivered by Erskine (1740): Sess. What is the character of the natural law, what its necessity, and of what precepts it consists in the present state of mankind, are most clearly seen, after one has thoroughly examined the nature and disposition of man. They transmitted Pufendorf’s natural-law thinking and writing style to Smith 21 and transformed natural law into the teaching of moral philosophy in Scotland’s most prestigious universities. Samuel Pufendorf and the Foundation of Modern Natural Law: An Account of the State of Research and Editions - Volume 31 Issue 4 - Simone Zurbuchen About Erskine. BOOK 1, CHAPTER 3 On Natural Law. ISBN o 521 35195 2 (hardback). Von Pufendorf was heavily influenced by the works of Thomas Hobbes and Hugo Grotius. The aim of this essay is to feature Pufendorf’s concept of sovereignty within the context of his natural law doctrine and the theory of moral entities and to reconsider the degree to which this conception of sovereignty may be regarded as ‘secular-absolute’. of natural law as well as to the reconstruction of a French Swiss "school" of natural law and its influence on the French philosophes and on the shaping of physiocracy.2 The depiction of Pufendorf as a founding father of modern natural law was seriously questioned by Detlef Doring who presented him from a 1. 1. Includes bibliographical references (p. ) and index.