Jean Domat's "On Social Order and Absolute Monarchy"

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In this 1697 treatise, French lawyer Jean Domat justified absolute monarchical rule as an instrument of God's will. Domat argued that kings and princes derive all their power from God and consequently deserve absolute loyalty and obedience from their subjects. He also asserted, however, that monarchs must always act justly and provide for the welfare of their subjects, even though they are accountable to no one but God alone.