By Richard Cumberland
"A Treatise of the legislation of Nature", initially titled "De Legibus Naturae", first seemed in 1672 as a theoretical reaction to various concerns that got here jointly in the course of the overdue 1660s. It conveyed a conviction that technology may supply a good technique of demonstrating either the contents and the compulsory strength of the legislation of nature. At a time while Hobbes's paintings seemed to recommend that the applying of technological know-how undermined instead of supported the assumption of compulsory normal legislations, Cumberland's "De Legibus Naturae" supplied a systematic clarification of the traditional necessity of altruism. via his argument for an ethical legal responsibility to usual legislation, Cumberland made a severe intervention within the early debate over the position of usual jurisprudence at a second while the ordinary legislations venture used to be broadly suspected of heterodoxy and incoherence. this can be the 1st glossy variation of "A Treatise of the legislation of Nature", in line with John Maxwell's English translation of 1727. The version contains Maxwell's vast notes and appendixes. It additionally offers, for the 1st time in English, manuscript additions by means of Cumberland and fabric from Barbeyrac's 1744 French variation and John Towers's version of 1750.
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8 5. For carrying on an Intercourse between Gods and Men, and to be 7. 16. 8. Maxwell quotes from Hierocles’s Golden Verses of Pythagoras, lines 61–62. As with so many of Maxwell’s citations, it is not clear which edition or collection the quotation comes from. The Heathens divided their system of rational Agents into 6 Classes, 1. The supreme God. 2. Subordinate Gods Invisible. 3. Visible. 4. Demons. 5. Heroes. 6. Men. The Word God, taken by the Heathens in a larger, and more refrained Sense.
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