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State, purpose of
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1. Concept

Along with “state of nature” and “social contract,” “purpose of state” was one of the formative concepts of the model of the general theory of state in natural law in the early modern period (State, general theory of). That theory saw the state as a “natural” (i.e. natural-law) society, that is, as a civil society (Latin societas civilisBourgeois society) that, like the other contractual societies of natural law (e.g. marriage, the societies of parents and children, masters and …

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Klippel, Diethelm, “State, purpose of”, 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 01 December 2023 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/2352-0272_emho_COM_028000>
First published online: 2015
First print edition: 20180208

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