Article ID: CBB001210460

The Origin, Definition, Assimilation and Endurance of instinctu naturae in Natural Law Parlance---From Isidore and Ulpian to Hobbes and Locke (2010)

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This essay identifies the source, and traces both the subsequent use and the changing definition, of the expression instinctu naturae in the early history of natural law discourse. It also examines the later assimilation and endurance of the expression in English, as well as the efforts of Hobbes to proscribe the use, and Locke to limit the meaning, of the term instinct. Initially serving simply to predicate a divine stimulus as the source of human knowledge of the natural law-natura, id est Deus-instinctu naturae was later understood to refer to an instinct of human nature, that is, an instinct of the reason that defined human nature, an intuitive instinct that recognized immediately, in a pre-deliberative, non-discursive way, the self-evident practical principles of the moral order, once their terms were understood.

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Authors & Contributors
Simonutti, Luisa
Paganini, Gianni
Rogers, G. A. J.
Hutton, Sarah
Laursen, John Christian
Scribano, Emanuela
Journals
Archives de Philosophie
History of the Human Sciences
British Journal for the History of Philosophy
Journal of Classical Sociology
Asclepio: Archivo Iberoamericano de Historia de la Medicina
Publishers
Oxford University Press
Hain
Yale University Press
Franco Angeli
Oxford (England)
Kluwer
Concepts
Philosophy
Definition of human; human nature
Science
Philosophy and religion
Philosophy and politics
Social sciences
People
Hobbes, Thomas
Locke, John
Descartes, René
Rousseau, Jean-Jacques
Spinoza, Baruch
Gassendi, Pierre
Time Periods
17th century
Enlightenment
18th century
Medieval
Early modern
13th century
Places
Great Britain
England
Spain
Germany
United States
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