Roman Theory of Contract Law in the Polemics of Johann Weyer and Jean Bodin
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Roman Theory of Contract Law in the Polemics of Johann Weyer and Jean Bodin
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Olga Togoeva 
Affiliation: Institute of World History RAS
Address: Russian Federation, Moscow

The article analyzes the first demonological dispute known to specialists, which developed around the problem of the reality of witchcraft and the contract with the devil between two prominent thinkers of the XVIth  century: the Brabant physician Johann Weyer (1515—1588) and the French judge Jean Bodin (1530—1596). The analysis of the main treatises of two opponents — De Praestigiis daemonum (1563) and De la démonomanie des sorciers (1580) — leads the author to the conclusion that the legal reasoning was used by I. Weyer and J. Bodin in completely different ways. If for Weyer, who had no legal education, the main source of inspiration was the legal theory and above all the Roman theory of contract law, for Bodin, who himself was a lawyer, the main argument was always his own judicial experience and he resorted to theoretical calculations little and reluctantly.

early Modern Times, demonology, Roman law, Johann Weyer, Jean Bodin
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