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Societal law
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1. Definition

The theoretical model for state and society in early modern Europe according to natural law, and thus the dominant political and social theory from the 17th to the first half of the 19th century, was based on the idea that all human institutions should be interpreted rationally as contractual associations or “societies” (Society [community]Contract [private law]). Accordingly, marriage, relations between parents a…

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Klippel, Diethelm, “Societal law”, in: Encyclopedia of Early Modern History Online, Editors of the English edition: Graeme Dunphy, Andrew Gow. Original German Edition: Enzyklopädie der Neuzeit. Im Auftrag des Kulturwissenschaftlichen Instituts (Essen) und in Verbindung mit den Fachherausgebern herausgegeben von Friedrich Jaeger. Copyright © J.B. Metzlersche Verlagsbuchhandlung und Carl Ernst Poeschel Verlag GmbH 2005–2012. Consulted online on 25 September 2023 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/2352-0272_emho_COM_031424>
First published online: 2017
First print edition: 20180208

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