- Leo Strauss picked Hobbes and Locke as the founders of modern rights talk,
- Perry Miller the New England Puritans,
- Lord Acton the English revolutionaries.
- Otto von Gierke picked Johannes Althusius as the rights founder,
- Josef Bohatec John Calvin,
- R.R. Palmer the Calvinist monarchomarchs in France, Scotland, and the Netherlands.
- Michel Villey saw the font of human rights in late medieval nominalism,
- Brian Tierney in high medieval canon law,
- F.W. Maitland in the Magna Carta,
- Harold Berman in the Papal Revolution.
- Max Kaser and Tony Honoré saw a veritable rights revolution in classical and Christianized Roman law, while
- Nicholas Wolterstorff and Benedict XVI pointed to key biblical and patristic texts as foundational.
American Philosophy Before Pragmatism (The Oxford History of Philosophy)
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