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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
p.26 Grotius ignored elaborate natural law theories, preferring a basic right of self-preservation
p.28 Nations are not obliged to help one-another, but are obliged not to harm one another
p.61 A natural right of self-preservation is balanced by a natural law to avoid unnecessary harm
p.229 Moral principles have some validity without a God commanding obedience