Questions Concerning the Law of Nature. John Locke.

Questions Concerning the Law of Nature

Ithaca, NY and London: Cornell University Press, 1990.

First Edition. Hardcover. Fine in a very good dust jacket. pp. x, 260, with bibliography and index. Bound in brown cloth boards, with dust jacket. Binding tight, text clean. Dust jacket sunned, crease near bottom edge of front panel. Publisher's description: John Locke's untitled manuscript "Questions concerning the Law of Nature" (1664) was his only work focused on the subject of natural law, a circumstance that is especially surprising since his published writings touch on the subject frequently, if inconclusively. Containing a substantial critical apparatus, this new edition of Locke's manuscript is faithful to Locke's original intentions and to the format he chose for his discourse on the law of nature a late-Scholastic quaestio disputata, the form through which in 1664 the young Locke debated questions with his students as moral censor of Christ Church. For this volume, Robert Horwitz provides an introduction summarizing the history of the manuscript and analyzing Locke's role in the development of thinking on natural law. Jenny Strauss Clay offers a superb critical edition of the Latin text, for which she has supplemented the Latin text of Manuscript B, written by an amanuensis, with Manuscript A, a first draft in Locke's own hand. Diskin Clay's precise English translation with the Latin presented on facing pages is accompanied by annotations identifying Locke's references and allusions and explaining difficulties of translation."

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