chapter  11
16 Pages

Leibniz’s Concept of jus naturale and lex naturalis – defined ‘with geometric certainty’

ByKlaus Luig

This essay examines three issues related to jus naturale and lex naturalis in the writings of Leibniz. First of all, did Leibniz believe that legal rules or judicial laws could be drawn up with a claim to absolute truth in the sense of natural law (‘with geometric certainty’)?2 If so, the second question that arises is how he intended to draw up the rules in particular. Thirdly, the essay intends to elucidate, on the basis of the theory of compensation, what Leibniz regarded as the specific contents of natural law within the legal system.