In this paper, I aim to show that Pufendorf's writings provide an innovative clarification of the respective scopes of consent and natural law that was not apparent in other works of his time. Whereas there is a natural obligation to submit to some authority, human consent has
the task of determining how this authority is to be organized in particular contexts. While unfolding the workings of this argument in Pufendorf's works, I will bring out close connections between two apparently distinct notions of consent: to wit, as an internal act of the will and as
a political commitment. This should shed a new light on the meaning and history of the concept of consent itself, and highlight parallels between Pufendorf's and SuÃ¡rez' political theories that have not been studied so far.
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Centre de droit public (DPUBLIC), Quartier UNIL-Chamberonne, BÃ¢timent Internef, UniversitÃ© de Lausanne, CHâ–“1015 Lausanne, Switzerland. laetitia., Email: [email protected]
January 1, 2020