Bringing the state to England: Andrew Tooke's translation of Samuel Pufendorf's 'De officio hominis et civis'

History of Political Thought 24 (2):218-234 (2003)

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Ian Hunter
University of Queensland
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Andrew Tooke's 1691 English translation of Samuel Pufendorf's De officio hominis et civis, published as The Whole Duty of Man According to the Law of Nature, brought Pufendorf's manual fo statist natural law into English politics at a moment of temporary equilibrium in the unfinished contest between Crown and Parliament for the rights and powers of sovereignty. Drawing on the authors' re-edition of The Whole Duty of Man, this article describes and analyses a telling instance of how--by translation--the core political terms and concepts of the German natural jurist's 'absolutist' formulary were reshaped for reception in the different political culture of late seventeenth-century England
Keywords 360199 Political Science not elsewhere classified  C1  430108 History - European  440114 Philosophy of Action  History   Samuel Pufendorf   Andrew Tooke   Jean Barbeyrac   natural law   political jurisprudence   political discourse   state and statism   sovereignty   civil society   Anglicanism   Whiggism  750902 Understanding the pasts of other societies
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