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Natural law may be ultimately grounded in God, but proximately in human nature. Pufendorf's return to Franscisco Suárez's concept of law as a set of obligatory precepts, induced him to criticise Grotius's concept of human nature in the same way as Suárez had criticised Aquinas. Pufendorf discards the entire notion that (human) nature can give rise to norms. It is important to note that the gradual undermining of the foundations of Aquinas's edifice is not due to bad maintenance or neglect. On the contrary, ·the history of natural law is marked by constant attempts at renovation. Suárez's attempt to stem Lutheranism and voluntarism resulted in a concept of natural law which incorporated the divine will. Grotius may have been the first but not the last to have maintained that the science of natural law should adopt the mathematical method.

Keywords: Franscisco Suárez; natural law theory; Pufendorf



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