New Book for Ian Hunter - Philosophy, Rights and Natural Law

8 Mar 2019

IASH congratulates Emeritus Professor Ian Hunter on the publication of his new book edited with Professor Richard Whatmore.

A celebratory collection of essays on philosophy, rights and natural law, inspired by the work of Knud Haakonssen

Over his long and illustrious career, Knud Haakonssen has explored the role of natural law in formulating doctrines of obligation and rights in accordance with the interests of early modern polities and churches. A hallmark of his approach has been to show how natural law in early modern Europe was not a unified doctrine, but a field of crosscutting idioms that prosecuted competing political and juridical programmes.

The essays collected in this volume range across this exciting and contested field. These studies acknowledge Haakonssen's immense academic achievement and give us new insights into the cultural and political role of law and rights in a variety of historical contexts and circumstances.

Key Features

  • Crosses national, disciplinary, intellectual and ideological borders
  • Deals with a wide range of contexts and aspects over a chronological period from the Reformation to the aftermath of the French Revolution
  • Covers an unusually wide range of questions at the intersection between natural law, religion and politics
  • Contributors include Maria Rosa Antognazza, James Harris, Simone Zurbuchen and John Cairns

Publisher: Edinburgh University Press
Published February 2019
384 pages
Hardback: 9781474449229
eBook (ePub): 9781474449250
eBook (PDF): 9781474449243