Pufendorf's Moral and Political Philosophy

[Revised entry by Michael Seidler on November 3, 2015. Changes to: Main text, Bibliography] Samuel Freiherr von Pufendorf (1632 - 1694) was almost as unknown during most of the 19th and 20th
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[Revised entry by Michael Seidler on November 3, 2015. Changes to: Main text, Bibliography] Samuel Freiherr von Pufendorf (1632 - 1694) was almost as unknown during most of the 19th and 20th centuries as he had been familiar during the preceding hundred years and more. His fate shows well how philosophical interests shape historical background narratives. More or less consciously, individual thinkers and the traditions they spawn frame themselves in terms of an edited past which - as in other forms of genealogy - they either appropriate, reject, revise, or ignore. Thus intellectual ancestry is always more controversial than biological inheritance, and the mere...

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