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4 - Virtue

from Part II - Concepts

Published online by Cambridge University Press:  03 September 2021

Randall Lesaffer
Affiliation:
Katholieke Universiteit Leuven, Belgium
Janne E. Nijman
Affiliation:
Universiteit van Amsterdam
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The chapter uncovers the role that Grotius’ philosophy of virtues plays in defining and renegotiating the sphere of law in peace; its distinct roles during and after war; the conditions in which Grotius used virtues as a benchmark to correct and evolve law; and the conditions in which he thought that law can rightfully ignore the calls of virtue. Grotius’ function for virtue in law is then compared to conventional roles assigned to religion in correcting and stimulating law. The chapter brings out the coherence of Grotius’ theory of virtue and law as he applied it to diverse real-life problems and themes, ranging from Iberian-Dutch encounters through his justification of free trade to the doctrinal minimalism that Grotius regarded as the best chance of saving the United Provinces from religious strife. The distinctive rights and duties of sovereigns, magistrates, soldiers, slaves, citizens and Christians are finally explained in light of Grotius’ virtue - law dynamic.

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Blom, H., ‘Hugo Grotius on trust, its causes and effects’, in Kontler, L. and Somos, M. (eds.), Trust and Happiness in the History of European Political Thought (Leiden and Boston, 2018), 7698.Google Scholar
Boisen, C., ‘Hugo Grotius, declaration of war, and the international moral order’, Grotiana N.S. 41 (2020), 282–303.CrossRefGoogle Scholar
De Wilde, M., ‘Fides publica in ancient Rome and its reception by Grotius and Locke’, Legal History Review 79 (2011) 455–87.Google Scholar
Eyffinger, Arthur, ‘On trust and treachery’, Grotiana N.S. 36 (2015) 79171.CrossRefGoogle Scholar
Geddert, J.S., Hugo Grotius and the Modern Theology of Freedom: Transcending Natural Rights (London and New York, 2017).CrossRefGoogle Scholar
Ramelet, L., ‘Political consent, promissory fidelity and rights transfers in Grotius’, Grotiana N.S. 40 (2019) 123–45.CrossRefGoogle Scholar
Straumann, B., Roman Law in the State of Nature: The Classical Foundations of Hugo Grotius’ Natural Law (Cambridge, 2015).CrossRefGoogle Scholar
Stumpf, C., ‘Consent and the ethics of international law: revisiting Grotius’s system of states in a secular setting’, Grotiana N.S. 41 (2020), 163–76.CrossRefGoogle Scholar

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  • Virtue
  • Edited by Randall Lesaffer, Katholieke Universiteit Leuven, Belgium, Janne E. Nijman, Universiteit van Amsterdam
  • Book: The Cambridge Companion to Hugo Grotius
  • Online publication: 03 September 2021
  • Chapter DOI: https://doi.org/10.1017/9781108182751.009
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  • Virtue
  • Edited by Randall Lesaffer, Katholieke Universiteit Leuven, Belgium, Janne E. Nijman, Universiteit van Amsterdam
  • Book: The Cambridge Companion to Hugo Grotius
  • Online publication: 03 September 2021
  • Chapter DOI: https://doi.org/10.1017/9781108182751.009
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  • Virtue
  • Edited by Randall Lesaffer, Katholieke Universiteit Leuven, Belgium, Janne E. Nijman, Universiteit van Amsterdam
  • Book: The Cambridge Companion to Hugo Grotius
  • Online publication: 03 September 2021
  • Chapter DOI: https://doi.org/10.1017/9781108182751.009
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