By Johann Gottlieb Heineccius
Heineccius's thought of ordinary legislations used to be in lots of methods an self reliant improvement positioned either temporally and philosophically among the sooner ordinary legislation culture of Samuel Pufendorf and Christian Thomasius, and the later theories of Christian Wolff, writes co-editor Peter Schroder. "While Heineccius used to be prompted by way of Pufendorf, and to a lesser quantity through Thomasius, his common legislations conception differs in quite a few an important elements. most significantly, Heineccius didn't derive the legislation of nature from human characteristics or human nature, as Pufendorf tried along with his idea of sociability. Heineccius inspiration that the legislation of nature used to be fullyyt derived from the desire of God." Heineccius's "Methodical procedure" used to be first revealed in 1737. George Turnbull's translation of 1742 was once one of many first to be made and used to be issued two times. Turnbull (1698-1748) used to be a key determine within the Scottish Enlightenment. His huge commentaries at the textual content current a accomplished assessment of the subtle and wide-ranging ecu discourse on average legislations, whereas his appended "Discourse" is a piece of self sustaining value in ethical inspiration.
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18 the laws of nature and nations section xi This law is made known to mankind in no other way but by reason. Because we are enquiring, as appears from what hath been said, for no other rule of right but what <8> God hath given to the whole human race for the rule of their conduct, (§10) hence it follows that this rule must be intelligible to all mankind. * * Hence Cicero in his oration for Milo, c. 4. calls it Jus non scriptum sed natum. ” [[See Cicero, Pro Annio Milone, in The Speeches, trans.
93] chap. vi. Of the duties of man to himself, to page 120. with a supplement, to page 123. containing further remarks on the moral effects of necessity, and upon the competition between self-love and duty.  chap. vii. Concerning our absolute and perfect duties towards (others in general) and of not hurting or injuring others (in particular) to page 150. with a supplement to page 153. containing observations on the moral equality of mankind, and their natural inequalities, and the necessity of reasoning in morals from fact, or the real constitution of things.
74. ” [[Marcus Aurelius, Meditations, vol. ]] But this error hath been sufficiently refuted by Grotius, Proleg. jur. bell. & pac. §16. Puffendorff de jur. nat. & gent. L. 2, 3, 10, 11. and the illustrious Sam. de Coccei, de princip. jur. nat. & gent. §2, 9. * This is observed by Hesiod in that celebrated passage of his book, Oper. & Dier. v. 274. To´nde gar, &c. ]] The meaning of which is, Brute animals devour one another, because they have no idea of justice, but to men nature hath given a sense of justice, which far exalts them above the brute creation.
A Methodical System of Universal Law (Natural Law and Enlightenment Classics) by Johann Gottlieb Heineccius