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Ideas of Hugo Grotius, by Text

[Dutch, 1583 - 1645, Born in Delft. A lawyer. Died of pneumonia caught at the court of Queen Christina.]

1625 On the Law of War and Peace
p.26 Everyone has a right of self-preservation, and harming others is usually unjustifiable [Tuck]
p.26 Grotius ignored elaborate natural law theories, preferring a basic right of self-preservation [Tuck]
p.28 Nations are not obliged to help one-another, but are obliged not to harm one another [Tuck]
p.61 A natural right of self-preservation is balanced by a natural law to avoid unnecessary harm [Tuck]
p.90 Democracy needs respect for individuality, but the 'community of friends' implies strict equality
p.203 A person is free to renounce their state, as long as it is not a moment of crisis [Rousseau]
p.229 Moral principles have some validity without a God commanding obedience [Mautner]
p.863 Grotius and Pufendorf based natural law on real (rather than idealised) humanity [Ford,JD]
II.ii.x p.246 It is permissible in a just cause to capture a place in neutral territory