Single Idea 7403

[catalogued under 25. Society / E. State Functions / 1. The Law / d. Legal positivism]

Full Idea

Grotius said there was a minimum core of morality (based on self-preservation), and disregarded the elaborate accounts of principles of natural law which Aristotelians had always sought to develop.

Gist of Idea

Grotius ignored elaborate natural law theories, preferring a basic right of self-preservation


report of Hugo Grotius (On the Law of War and Peace [1625]) by Richard Tuck - Hobbes Ch.1

Book Reference

Tuck,Richard: 'Hobbes: a very short introduction' [OUP 2002], p.26

A Reaction

Aquinas would be the key Aristotelian here. I tend towards the Aristotelian view. If you go for the minimal view, it is not clear why there is a 'right' to self-preservation, rather than a mere desire for it.