Ahnert, Thomas


School of History
Classics and Archaeology
University of Edinburgh
Old Medical School
Teviot Place
Edinburgh EH8 9AG
United Kingdom



Research interests
British and German intellectual history, c. 1650 to c. 1820

Selected bibliography concerning Natural law

  • Books

(ed. and translator) Christian Thomasius. Institutes of Divine Jurisprudence, with Selections from the Foundations of the Law of Nature and Nations (Indianapolis, IN: 2011), xxiv + 621 p.

(co-ed. with Peter Schröder) Johann Gottlieb Heineccius. A System of the Law of Nature and Nations (Indianapolis, IN: 2008), xix + 618 p.

(co-ed. and –translator with Ian Hunter and Frank Grunert) Christian Thomasius. Essays on Church and State (Indianapolis, IN: 2007), xxiv + 278 p.

Religion and the Origins of the German Enlightenment: Faith and the Reform of Learning in the Thought of Christian Thomasius (Rochester: NY, 2006), vi + 167 p.

  • Articles

'Samuel Pufendorf and Religious Intolerance' in Proceedings of the British Academy 186 (2013), p. 15 – 33.

'Epicureanism and the Transformation of Natural Law in the Early German Enlightenment', in Epicurus in the Enlightenment: Mode d’emploi. Studies on Voltaire and the Eighteenth Century, ed. A. Lifshitz and N. Leddy (Oxford: 2009), p. 53 – 68.

'Problematische Bindungswirkung: Zum ‘Epikureismus’ im Naturrecht der deutschen Frühaufklärung', in Das Naturrecht der Geselligkeit. Studien zum Naturrecht im achtzehnten Jahrhundert, ed. F. Grunert and V. Fiorillo (Berlin: 2009), p. 39 – 54.

'Enthusiasm and Enlightenment: The Reform of Faith and the Reform of Philosophy in the Thought of Christian Thomasius' in Modern Intellectual History 2/2 (2005), p. 153 – 177.

'Pleasure, Pain and Punishment in the early Enlightenment: German and Scottish Debates' in Jahrbuch für Recht und Ethik 12 (2004), p. 173 – 187.

'De Sympathia et Antipathia Rerum: Natural Law, Religion and the Rejection of Mechanistic Science in the Works of Christian Thomasius' in Early Modern Natural Law Theories: Strategies and Contexts in the Early Enlightenment, ed. T. Hochstrasser and P. Schröder (Dordrecht: 2003), p. 257 – 277.

'The Relationship between Prince and Church in the Thought of Christian Thomasius' in Natural Law and Civil Sovereignty, ed. I. Hunter and D. Saunders (Basingstoke: 2002), p. 91 – 106.

'Roman Law in early Enlightenment Germany: the Case of Christian Thomasius' De Aequitate Cerebrina Legis Secundae Codicis de Rescindenda Venditione (1706)' in Ius Commune XXIV (1997), p. 153 – 170.