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Academic Natural Law: Halle, Kiel, Copenhagen. Workshop on current Projects

Workshop: Academic Natural Law: Halle, Kiel, Copenhagen. Workshop on current Projects

Workshop des International Network "Natural Law 1625-1850"
in Zusammenarbeit mit IZEA, Halle und der Forschungsstelle Frühneuzeitliches Naturrecht am Max-Weber-Kolleg der Universität Erfurt
und dem Forschungszentrum Gotha.

Organisation und wissenschaftliche Leitung: Prof. Dr. Dr. Knud Haakonssen (Erfurt/ St Andrews) und Dr. Frank Grunert

26. Februar 2020, 09:15 - 17:15 Uhr
IZEA, Franckeplatz 1, Hs. 54, Christian-Thomasius-Zimmer

Das vom Max-Weber-Kolleg der Universität Erfurt und vom IZEA getragene europäische Forschungsnetzwerk Natural Law 1625-1850. An International Research Project hat sich u.a. die Aufgabe gestellt, die akademischen Traditionen des Naturrechts europaweit in einzelnen maßgeblichen Bildungseinrichtungen quellennah aufzuarbeiten, und zwar mit Blick auf die Inhalte, die institutionellen Voraussetzungen und die kulturellen wie politischen Wirkungen.

Dazu wurden und werden einzelne Projekte an verschiedenen europäischen Universitäten betrieben und weitere Vorhaben vorbereitet. Der Workshop “Academic Natural Law: Halle, Kiel, Copenhagen” ist als “Workshop on current Projects” geplant und soll die Gelegenheit bieten, neben ersten Befunden vor allem die weiteren Perspektiven einzelner Forschungsvorhaben zu diskutieren. Im Zentrum stehen dabei drei Universitäten, die bei der Formierung des nach-grotianischen Naturrechts in einer engen Beziehung standen. Ergänzt werden die Beiträge durch Referate zum Naturrecht an der schwedischen Universität in Tartu und zum frühneuzeitlichen Naturrecht in Osteuropa.


Programm

Anmeldung bitte an Dr. Mikkel Munthe Jensen: mikkel.jensen@uni-erfurt.de

Marginalia at the centre: Contrasting readings of Grotius, De iure Belli ac Pacis

Workshop: Marginalia at the centre: Contrasting readings of Grotius, De iure Belli ac Pacis

Workshop of the Network on Natural Law 1625-1850
Research Centre for Early-Modern Natural Law (Forschungszentrum Gotha & Max-Weber-Kolleg)

Forschungszentrum Gotha
26. November 2019, 9.30-15.30

The workshop explores the extraordinary variety of uses to which Hugo Grotius’s De iure belli ac pacis was put. We do so by case studies of marginal annotations in Grotius’s work by four strikingly different readers. The first is the ultra-orthodox Lutheran professor of theology Ernst Salomo Cyprian (1673-1745), whose copy of Grotius is preserved in the Gotha Forschungsbibliothek where he was librarian for many years. Second is the Mainzer statesman and scholar, Johann Christian von Boineburg (1622-72), who converted to catholicism, and whose extensive library, including Grotius’s work, is in the Universitätsbibliothek Erfurt. Third is the Hallenser pietist Carl Hildebrand von Canstein (1667-1719), founder of the Cansteinsche Bibelanstalt, whose Grotius is in the Bibliothek der Franckeschen Stiftungen. Finally, we consider a copy of De iure belli in the British Library whose anonymous marginalia appear to have close links to the teaching of the jurist Johann Jacob Vitriarius (1679-1745) in Leiden in the 1730s.

Venue: Forschungszentrum Gotha der Universität Erfurt, Schloßberg 2, 99867 Gotha

Programme organisers: Martin Mulsow, Frank Grunert, Knud Haakonssen

Registration: The meeting is free and open for all interested, but we ask you to register by e-mail to Dr. Mikkel Munthe Jensen: mikkel.jensen@uni-erfurt.de

Program

Early-Modern Natural Law in Eastern Europe

Network Conference 2019:
Early-Modern Natural Law in Eastern Europe


Conference of the Network on Natural Law 1625-1850
Research Centre for Early-Modern Natural Law

Max Weber Centre, Erfurt
21-23 November 2019

In 2019, the Network’s conference is being organised by Gábor Gángó and Knud Haakonssen. The theme is the reception of natural law during the early-modern period in the political cultures to the east of the German Empire. In keeping with the programme of the Network, the conference is inter-disciplinary in its approach and is mainly, but not exclusively, focussed on academic natural law. Natural law in Eastern Europe has only be explored to a limited degree, and the conference will open up for new research by  papers devoted to natural law teaching in Moscow, St. Petersburg, Vilnius, Elbląg, Toruń, Prague, Vienna, Tyrnau (Trnava), Sárospatak and Klausenburg (Cluj-Napoca). The particular character of natural law discussions in the different religious and political contexts of Eastern Europe will be highlighted, as indicated by the titles in the programme.

Venue: Max Weber Centre for Advanced Cultural and Social Studies, Steinplatz 2, Erfurt.

Registration: The meeting is free and open for all interested, but we ask you to register by e-mail to Dr. Mikkel Munthe Jensen: Mikkel.Jensen@uni-erfurt.de

Programme

After Pufendorf: Natural law and the passions in Germany and Scotland

Network Conference 2018: After Pufendorf: Natural law and the passions in Germany and Scotland

Natural Law 1625-1850: An International Research Project
Conference in St. Andrews, Scotland, 24–27 October 2018
‘After Pufendorf: Natural law and the passions in Germany and Scotland’

Supported by St. Andrews Institute of Intellectual History, Scottish Philosophical Association and Interdisciplinary Centre for European Enlightenment Studies (Halle)

By the middle of the eighteenth century, a number of authors who taught and wrote about natural law saw themselves as being engaged in a very different intellectual and academic activity than that of the natural lawyers of earlier generations. While staying within the mode of natural law, the deep-going revision that they understood themselves to be undertaking – each in their separate way – was to shift the idea of natural law as something that human nature needed somehow to have imposed upon it to the idea of natural law as in some sense inherent in human nature itself. Furthermore, they saw the relevant aspects of human nature to be the emotions or passions that drove people in their active lives. This development in natural law thinking has been referred to as an anthropological approach, as a turn from law to moral philosophy, as the formulation of a ‘Recht des Gefühls’, as a sentimental natural law, etc.

It was a line of argument that took several different forms and was articulated in quite different contexts, yet it is recognizable in thinkers as different as Johann Jacob Schmauss in Göttingen and Adam Smith in Glasgow. It was, however, a development that had started much earlier as part of the intense debates at the turn of the century about the nature and validity of Samuel Pufendorf’s natural law. Philosophers, legal theorists and theologians associated with the new university in Halle were the leading disputants, and a particularly important turning point in the debates about Pufendorf was Christian Thomasius’ abnegation during the early years of the new century of the deeply Pufendorfian ideas of natural law that he had been propagating with great impact previously.

Only a few years later, we see a reaction against Pufendorf in Scotland that has a number of strikingly similar features to that in Germany. Here the leading figure was Francis Hutcheson who had a broad influence on the intellectual culture that we now refer to as the Scottish Enlightenment and among whose students was Adam Smith. Across deep differences in philosophical, theological, legal and political contexts in Germany and Scotland the similarities in thoughts about natural law are striking, not only because of the idea of the passionate foundations for natural law, but also because these ideas in both cultural spheres led to some of the sharpest formulations of rights theories and to a historicisation of morality and law that pointed towards the dissolution of the natural law language. While acknowledging the many differences between the German and the Scottish thinkers, similarites such as these are so intriguing that they warrant joint consideration in a conference.

For further details, please contact either Frank Grunert (frank.grunert@izea.uni-halle.de) or Knud Haakonssen (k.haakonssen@gmail.com).

Programme

Grotius and the English Enlightenment. Questions and Perspektives.

Workshop: Dr. Marco Barducci (Perugia): Grotius and the English Enlightenment. Questions and Perspektives.

Round-table-Gespräch in Kooperation mit dem Interdisziplinären Zentrum für die Erforschung der Europäischen Aufklärung der Universität Halle-Wittenberg. 
27. Juli 2018, 10:00 Uhr IZEA, Christian-Thomasius-Zimmer

Natural Law in Eastern Europe

Workshop: Natural Law in Eastern Europe

A workshop in the network ‘Natural Law, 1625-1850’
Forschungsstelle für Frühneuzeitliches Naturrecht
Max-Weber-Kolleg, Erfurt
24.01.2018

11.00-11.30: Knud Haakonssen (Erfurt/St. Andrews)
Welcome and introduction

11.30-12.30: Péter Balázs (Szeged)
‘Pufendorf in Hungarian and Transylvanian Collections’

14.00-15.00: Gábor Gángó (Erfurt/Budapest)
‘Pufendorf's reception in the academic gymnasia of Toruń and Elbląg under Ernest König's directorship’

15.00-16.00: Ivo Cerman (České Budějovice)
‘The Chairs of natural law in Vienna and Prague’

16.15.-17.15: Martin Mulsow (Erfurt/Gotha), Chair
Round-table on future work on natural law in Eastern Europe

The meeting will be held in Room 805 on the 7th floor of the Max-Weber-Kolleg, Steinplatz 2, 99085 Erfurt (https://www.uni-erfurt.de/max-weber-kolleg/). For further information, please contact either Gábor Gángó (gabor.gango@uni-erfurt.de) or Knud Haakonssen (knud.haakonssen@uni-erfurt.de).

Heumanns »Collegium Juris naturae«. Zugänge zu einem noch unbekannten Manuskript.

Workshop: Heumanns »Collegium Juris naturae«.
Zugänge zu einem noch unbekannten Manuskript.

Forschungszentrum Gotha
Schloss Friedenstein, Gotha
8. November 2017

Programm
13.30-14.15    Martin Mulsow: Einleitung: Vom Nutzen des Naturrechts und seinen litterärischen
                        Hilfsmitteln (= Prolegomena und Appendix).
14.15-15.00    Knud Haakonssen: Das Recht allgemein. (= Cap. I.)
15.00-15.30    - Kaffeepause-
15.30-16.15    Frank Grunert: Gewissen, Willen, moralisches Handeln. (= Cap. II. u. III.)
16.15-17.00    Gideon Stiening: Honestum – Decorum – Iustum: Von den Prinzipien des Naturrechts.
                        (= Cap. IV.)
17.00-17.30    - Kaffeepause-
17.30-18.15    Holger Glinka: Pflichten gegen Gott, sich selbst und andere. (= Cap. V., VI., VII.)
18.15-19.00    Oliver Bach: Nutzen und Rechte des Staates. (Cap. XI)
19.30              - Abendessen-

Love as the principle of natural law. The natural law of Johann Gottlieb Heineccius and its context

Network conference 2016:
Love as the principle of natural law. The natural law of Johann Gottlieb Heineccius and its context

24 - 26 November 2016, Christian-Wolff-Haus, Halle (Saale)

Organisers: Frank Grunert & Knud Haakonssen

Programme

See also: rechtsgeschiedenis.wordpress.com/tag/legal-philosophy/

The Law of Nations and Natural Law 1625-1850

Network Conference 2015:
The Law of Nations and Natural Law 1625-1850

9 to 12 October 2013, IZEA and Martin-Luther-Universität Halle-Wittenberg

Organisers: Simone Zurbuchen & Lisa Broussois

Programme (pdf)

Natural Law as an academic subject 1625-1850

Network Conference 2013:
Natural Law as an academic subject 1625-1850

9 to 12 October 2013, IZEA and Martin-Luther-Universität Halle-Wittenberg

Organisers: Heiner Lück, Frank Grunert & Dominik Recknagel

Programme (pdf)