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By Lambert van Velthuysen, 1622-1685 (author) ; Malcolm de Mowbray (Editor and translator), Catherine Secretan (introduction)

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165). ), Man and citizen, II, 1. 28 introduction the first laws of nature and the first condition of man before sin’ (p. 86, n. 43). This was the subject of one of the longest modifications made to the original text, intended to give virtue a basis in reason, despite the objections that could be found in diverse moralities or religious practices: ‘It is not correct, however, to deduce from this that the duties of shame and modesty do not flow from nature or cannot be deduced by right reason’ (p.

These were later published together as idem, Vindiciae pro lege & imperio: sive Dissertationes duae … contra tractatum Hobbii De cive (Utrecht, 1661). O. W. G. Haitsma Mulier (eds), Bibliography of Dutch seventeenth century political thought: an annotated inventory, 1581–1710 (Amsterdam, 1986), nos 191, 201, 270, 296. 51 Gisbertus Cocquius, Hobbes ἐλεγχοµενος, sive Vindiciae pro lege, imperio, & religione, contra tractatus Thomae Hobbesii, quibus tit. De cive & Leviathan (Utrecht, 1668); for an analysis of the texts, see Catherine Secretan, ‘La réception de Hobbes aux Pays-Bas au XVIIe siècle’, Studia Spinozana, 3 (1987) 27–46.

22–28, 77–88. 30 introduction freedom to avail oneself of anything prior to a contract. Here Van Velthuysen takes up the doctrine defended by Grotius thirty years earlier, according to which there is no natural property. 77 Van Velthuysen openly adopted the Dutch cause (undoubtedly, his position in the West India Company played a role) and, like Grotius, supported the free use of anything that was not governed by a contract. Referring— not without irony—to the vain intellectual restlessness of his opponents, he states: ‘Here, however much my opponents set their minds spinning and rummage through their papers, they will have to admit that the division of goods draws its origin from contracts’ (p.

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A Letter on the Principles of Justness and Decency, Containing a Defence of the Treatise De Cive of the Learned Mr Hobbes by Lambert van Velthuysen, 1622-1685 (author) ; Malcolm de Mowbray (Editor and translator), Catherine Secretan (introduction)


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