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25. Society / E. State Functions / 2. The Law / c. Legal positivism

[laws as mere human inventions of social rules]

3 ideas
Grotius ignored elaborate natural law theories, preferring a basic right of self-preservation [Grotius ,by Tuck]
The legal positivism of Hobbes said law is just formal or procedural [Hobbes ,by Jolley]
For positivists law is a matter of form, for naturalists it is a matter of content [Scruton]