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Natural law Notes
Kant lectured on natural law twelve times, and appears to have always used Gottfried Achenwall’s Jus naturae in usum auditorium, 5th ed [Göttingen 1763]. Only two sets of notes are known to us, and of these only Feyerabend is available. See the Natural Law lectures.
Naturrecht Feyerabend [Lehmann 1979].
Physical Description and History
Bound, quarto volume (17 x 21 cm), 116 pp. On the title-page: “Kants Naturrecht / gelesen / im / Winterhalben Jahre 1784.” At the bottom right: “Gottfr: Feyerabend.” Both sheets and pages are numbered (the former by a librarian, the latter perhaps by the copyist). Very neatly written, ornate headings, margins about one-sixth the page width. Catchwords used throughout. Some marginalia (possibly written in a second hand), appears to be inserted into the text (although on ms 49 it is clearly the same hand).
A “Godfried Feyerabend” of Neidenburg, Prussia, matriculated at the university on 6 May 1783 [Erler 1911, ii.576].
This is part of the Mrongovius Nachlass in Gdansk/Danzig [Günther 1909, 214 (see entry)]. Natorp [AA 6:529] and Horn  examined this manuscript in Danzig, and included a brief section on “De Matrimonio”. Horn’s transcription differs from that found in the Academy edition [AA 27: 1378-80]; his reading is correct. Natorp compared the manuscript with the Metaphysics of Morals, which he was editing at the time for the Academy edition (on this see Lehmann 1979 [27:1053-54]).
 The matriculation book entry reads: “Feyerabend Godfr., Neidenburg. Boruss.” The former Neidenburg, Prussia (now: Nidzica, Poland), lies about 170 km due south of Königsberg/Kaliningrad.
(1) Ms: Gdansk/Poland, Biblioteka PAN [Ms. 2215].
(2) Film: Marburg Kant-Archiv [Film 4].
(1) Horn [1936, 51-52]. This is a brief selection, covering the section “De Matrimonio” [ms. 111-12].
(2) Lehmann [1979; AA 27:1319-94]. This transcription is not wholly reliable, and should be checked against the manuscript.
(3) Bordoni . Translation into Italian of the introductory section of the lectures (AA 27:???-???, as published by Lehmann ??).
(4) Delfosse, et al. . Transcription, commentary, etc., of the introductory section of the lectures.
(5) Costa Mattos . Translation into Portuguese of the introductory section of the lectures (AA 27:???-???, as published by Lehmann ??).
Physical Description and History
Listed in Stargardt’s auction catalog (#234) as: “Fr. von Gentz, Collegienheft über Kants Rechtslehre (Königsberg 1784) 28 p. folio”. Friedrich von Gentz (1763-1832) matriculated at the Albertina on 26 April 1783 to study law, having first studied at Frankfurt/Oder. His father was the Director of the Mint in Berlin, and the son made a name for himself as a conservative intellectual. See Gentz’ letter to Kant (16 April 1783 [AA 10:314, #192]) and Kant’s letter to Mendelssohn (16 August 1783 [AA 10:344-47, #206]), as well as Gause [1996, ii.255-56; 1974, 27-28] and the long entry in the ADB [viii.577-93].
(1) Ms: private possession. Lost.
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