Political Theory from the 15th to the 18th Century Natural Law - Essay

Natural Law

(Literary Criticism (1400-1800))

Irving Babbitt (essay date 1924)

SOURCE: "The Types of Political Thinking," in Democracy and Leadership, 1924. Reprint by Liberty Classics, 1979, pp. 49-92.

[In the following excerpt, Babbitt contends that "naturalism" has defined the rise of modern political philosophy. He studies the leading philosophers of the period, including Machiavelli, Hobbes, Locke, and Montesquieu, in relation to how they understood the function of natural law.]

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