The notion of “state of nature” in 16th century Spanish political thought

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Abstract

All rights reserved. The article analyzes the presence of the notion of “state of nature” in 16th century Spanish theologians and jurists, showing the similarities and differences among four topics that preceded the formation of that concept: the state of original innocence, the consequences of original sin for human nature, the hypothesis regarding a contract that legitimizes political authority, and the theological hypothesis of pure nature. On the basis of this analysis, the paper goes on to propose some criteria to define the state of nature.
Original languageAmerican English
Pages (from-to)199-222
Number of pages24
JournalIdeas y Valores
Volume67
Issue number167
DOIs
StatePublished - 1 Jan 2018

Keywords

  • Pure nature
  • Social contract
  • Spanish scholasticism
  • State of nature

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