Samuel Pufendorf (1632–94) was born in Saxony and educated in Leipzig and Jena, where he was taught by Erhard Weigel, who was also Leibniz's teacher. In 1660, he was appointed professor of philology and the law of nations at Heidelberg, but was soon (1668) sought for the new Swedish University of Lund as professor of the law of nature and nations. In 1677 Pufendorf was called to Stockholm as Swedish historiographer royal. Finally, in 1688 he heeded a call to the corresponding position for Brandenburg-Prussia. Pufendorf was, in his own time and well into the 18th...
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