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Richard Cumberland, A Treatise of the Laws of Nature 
A Treatise of the Laws of Nature, translated, with Introduction and Appendix, by John Maxwell (1727), edited and with a Foreword by Jon Parkin (Indianapolis: Liberty Fund, 2005).
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A Treatise of the Laws of Nature, originally titled De Legibus Naturae, first appeared in 1672 as a theoretical response to a range of issues that came together during the late 1660s. It conveyed a conviction that science might offer an effective means of demonstrating both the contents and the obligatory force of the law of nature. At a time when Hobbes’s work appeared to suggest that the application of science undermined rather than supported the idea of obligatory natural law, Cumberland’s De Legibus Naturae provided a scientific explanation of the natural necessity of altruism.
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- A Note On This Edition
- A Treatise of the Laws of Nature
- To His Excellency, John, Lord Carteret, Lord Lieutenant of Ireland . 1
- The Translator’s Preface
- Names of Subscribers
- Two Introductory Essays
- Essay I: Of the City, Or Kingdom, of God In the Rational World, and the Defects In Heathen Deism
- Essay II: Concerning the Imperfectness of the Heathen Morality
- The Introduction
- A Philosophical Inquiry Into the Laws of Nature , &c. and a Confutation of the Elements of Mr. Hobbes ’s Philosophy .
- Chapter I: Of the Nature of Things .
- Chapter II: Of Human Nature, and Right Reason .
- Chapter III: Of Natural Good .
- Chapter IV: Of the Practical Dictates of Reason .
- Chapter V: Of the Law of Nature, and Its Obligation.
- Chapter VI: Of Those Things Which Are Contain’d In the General Law of Nature.
- Chapter VII: Of the Original of Dominion, and the Moral Virtues.
- Chapter VIII: Of the Moral Virtues In Particular .
- Chapter IX: Corollaries.
- Editor’s Note
- Appendix I: A Summary of the Controversy Between Dr . Samuel Clark and an Anonymous Author, Concerning the Immateriality of Thinking Substance .
- Appendix II: A Treatise Concerning the Obligation, Promulgation, and Observance of the Law of Nature
- Appendix 1. Richard Cumberland’s Original Dedication to De Legibus Naturae
- Appendix 2: Hezekiah Burton’s “address to the Reader”