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380 BC Gorgias
360 BC Laws
350 BC Politics
350 BC Rhetoric I.13
350 BC Rhetoric I.15
350 BC Nicomachean Ethics
350 BC Nicomachean Ethics (Aristotle; excerpts)
54 BC On the Republic (De Republica)
54 BC Republic (Cicero; excerpt)
51 BC On the Laws (De Legibus)
51 BC Laws (Cicero; excerpt)
44 BC On Duties (De Officiis)
90 Lycurgus (Plutarch; excerpts)
160 Institutes of Roman Law
161 On Civil Law and Natural Law
630 Etymologies, or Origins
1215 Magna Carta
1215 Magna Carta
1265 Summa Theologiae (Aquinas; excerpts)
1265 Human Law
1265 Question 95: Human Law
1265 Question 96: The Power of Human Law
1265 Question 97: Change in Laws
1265 Question 98 (Partial): The Old (Testament's) Law
1265 Question 99 (Partial): The Precepts of the Old (Testament's) Law
1265 Question 101 (Partial): The Ceremonial Precepts in Themselves
1265 Question 104 (Partial): The Judicial Precepts
1265 Question 106 (Partial): The Law of the Gospel, Called the New Law, Considered in Itself
1265 Question 107 (Partial): The New Law As Compared with the Old
1265 Question 108 (Partial): Things That Are Contained in the New Law
1334 Dialogue on the Power of the Pope and the Emperor
1346 A Short Discourse on Tyrannical Government
1513 In What Mode Faith Should Be Kept by Princes
1514 The Catholic Concordance
1514 The Dictatorial Authority Did Good, and Not Harm, to the Roman Republic
1514, Jan To Use Fraud in Managing War Is a Glorious Thing, etc.
1517 Commentary on Matt. 7:12, Whatever you would wish that they do to you (Huldreich Zwingli)
1517 Is There Certitude in the Doctrines of Physics? (Philip Melanchthon)
1517 On Law (Philip Melanchthon)
1517 What Are the Causes of the Certitude of Doctrine? (Philip Melanchthon)
1521 Dialogue on the Regime of Florence (Guicciardini)
1523 Temporal Authority (Martin Luther)
1524 Summary of the Teaching of the Renewed Church (Philip Melanchthon)
1525 How Christians Should Regard Moses (Martin Luther)
1536 Institutes of the Christian Religion (John Calvin)
1538 Against the Sabbatarians (Martin Luther)
1539 Against the Antinomians (Martin Luther)
1579 A Defense of Liberty Against Tyrants
1580 On Cannibals
1589 The Reason of State (Botero)
1593 Of the Laws of Ecclesiastical Polity (Excerpts)
1594, Jan Chapter 1: The Cause of Writing This General Discourse
1594, Feb Chapter 2: Of That Law Which God Has Set for Himself
1594, Mar Chapter 3: The Law of Natural Agents
1594, May Chapter 5: The Law Whereby Man Is Directed to the Imitation of God
1594, Jun Chapter 6: Men’s Knowledge of That Law Which They Are to Observe
1594, Jul Chapter 7: Of Man’s Will
1594, Aug Chapter 8: Of the Way of Finding out Laws by Reason
1594, Sep Chapter 9: The Benefit of Keeping That Law Which Reason Teaches
1594, Oct Chapter 10: How Reason Does Lead Men to Make Human Laws
1594, Nov Chapter 11: Why God Has by Scripture Made Known Supernatural Laws
1594, Dec Chapter 12: Why So Many Natural Laws Are Set Down in Scripture
1610 Dr. Bonham's Case
1612 On the Laws
1625 Concerning the Certainty of Right in General
1642 The Citizen (De Cive)
1651 Leviathan
1672 The Law of Nature and Nations (Excerpt)
1681 Dialogue between a Philosopher and a Student of the Common Laws of England (Thomas Hobbes)
1682 Preface to the Frame of Government of Pennsylvania
1682 Preface to the Frame of Government of Pennsylvania
1689 English Bill of Rights
1689 English Bill of Rights
1689 A Letter Concerning Toleration (Locke; excerpts)
1689 Second Treatise of Government (Locke; excerpt)
1689, Dec First Treatise of Government, "Of Government: Book I"
1690 Second Treatise of Government, "Of Civil Government: Book II"
1698 Discources Concerning Government (Excerpts)
1724 Cato's Letters
1732 The Grumbling Hive
1748 The Spirit of Laws (excerpts)
1748 The Spirit of the Laws (Montesquieu; excerpts)
1753 Of the Laws of England (William Blackstone)
1753 Of the Nature of Laws in General (William Blackstone)
1753 Of the Absolute Rights of Individuals (Blackstone)
1753 Of the Absolute Rights of Individuals (William Blackstone; excerpt)
1758 Law of Nations
1763 The Rights of the British Colonies Asserted and Proved
1765 Of the Countries Subject to the Laws of England; Of the Parliament (William Blackstone)
1765 On the Laws against Popery in Ireland
1765, Oct 19 Resolutions of the Continental Congress
1767 The Huron
1774 Considerations on the Authority of the British Parliament (James Wilson)
1774 The Rights of British America
1774, Oct 14 Declaration and Resolves of the First Continental Congress
1776 Observations on Civil Liberty, Government, and the War with America (Excerpt)
1776 Pennsylvania Bill of Rights
1776 Rough Draft of the Declaration of Independence
1776, Jan 10 Common Sense
1776, Jun 12 Virginia Declaration of Rights
1776, Jun 12 Virginia Declaration of Rights
1776, Jul 4 The Declaration of Independence
1776, Jul 4 The Declaration of Independence
1777 Of Civil Liberty
1777 Of the Origin of Government
1777 Of the Original Contract
1777 Some Farther Considerations with Regard to Justice
1782, May 7 The Representation of the Commons in the Parliament
1783, Oct New Hampshire Bill of Rights
1785 Of Reasoning (Thomas Reid)
1787 Constitution of the United States
1787 The Anti-Federalist Papers, Brutus No. 2
1787, Oct 10 An Examination into the Leading Principles of the Federal Constitution (Webster; excerpts)
1788 Precursors to the Bill of Rights in the States (excerpts)
1788, Feb 6 Federalist 51
1789 The Bill of Rights (of the United States)
1789, Mar 4 The Bill of Rights
1789, Nov 4 A Discourse on the Love of Our Country
1790 Lectures on Law (James Wilson)
1790 Lectures on Law (James Wilson)
1790 Lectures on Law (James Wilson)
1790 Reflections on the Revolution in France
1791 Rights of Man
1793 Chisholm v. Georgia
1793 Chisholm v. Georgia
1798, Aug 8 Calder v. Bull
1825, May 25 Thomas Jefferson to Henry Lee
1826, Jun 24 Thomas Jefferson to Roger Weightman
1832 The Province of Jurisprudence Determined (John Austin)
1839, Apr 30 The Jubilee of the Constitution
1848 Declaration of Sentiments from the Seneca Falls Convention
1854, Oct 16 Speech at Peoria, IL
1857, Jun 26 Speech on the Dred Scott Decision (Lincoln; excerpt)
1859, Apr 6 To Henry L. Pierce
1859, Sep 16 Speech at Columbus, OH
1860, Mar 5 Speech at Hartford, CT
1865, Dec 6 13th Amendment
1868, Jul 9 14th Amendment
1869, Dec Hepburn v. Griswold (The Legal Tender Cases; abridged)
1870, Feb 3 15th Amendment
1872 Memorial Day Address ("The American Code")
1872, Dec The Slaughterhouse Cases
1884 Mind as a Social Factor
1894 The Absurd Effort to Make the World Over
1897 The Path of the Law (Oliver Wendell Holmes)
1897, Mar 25 The Path of the Law
1901 Dialogue Between A Savage and A Bachelor of Arts
1902 Purposes and Consequences
1905, Apr 17 Lochner v. New York
1909 Evolution of the Race Problem
1909 The Mores of the Present and the Future
1910 New Nationalism
1910 The Influence of Darwinism on Philosophy
1913 The New Freedom
1915, May Ideals and Doubts
1916 The American Conception of Liberty
1918, Nov Natural Law
1919, Mar 3 Schenck v. United States
1919, Nov 10 Abrams v. United States
1925, Jun Pierce v. Society of Sisters (U.S. Supreme Court)
1925, Jun 8 Gitlow v. New York
1927, May 2 Buck v. Bell
1948, May 3 Shelley v. Kraemer (U.S. Supreme Court)
1963, Apr 16 Letter from a Birmingham Jail (Martin Luther King, Jr.)
1965 The First Principle of Practical Reason: A Commentary on the Summa Theologiae
1965, Jun 7 Griswold v. Connecticut
1967, Jun Loving v. Virginia
1985 Justice As Fairness: Political, Not Metaphysical (Excerpts)
1997 The Idea of Public Reason Revisited (excerpts)
1998 Public Good: The Specifically Political Common Good in Aquinas
1998, Sep 25 Politics, Religion, and the Common Good: Interview with John Rawls
2001 Natural Law, God, Religion, and Human Fulfillment
2008 The True Ultimate End of Human Beings: The Kingdom, Not God Alone