Natural Law: An Introduction and Re-examination

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Open Court Publishing, 2004 - Law - 151 pages
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According to natural law theory, there exists an objective law of morality based in the nature of human society or human nature. Thus, natural law is inherently true, not a product of a mutable or subjective viewpoint. This fascinating and topical book probes the history and implications of natural law and surveys the ideas of thinkers such as Aristotle, Thomas Aquinas, and Immanuel Kant. The author analyzes the development of natural law from ancient times to the present. In addition, he discusses pressing moral issues (abortion, homosexuality, assisted suicide, and more) in light of natural law theory.

 

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Contents

CONCEPTS OF NATURAL LAW IN ANCIENT GREECE
1
AQUINAS AND SUAREZ
15
GROTIUS TO KANT
31
CONTEMPORARY DEVELOPMENTS
43
CONCEPTUAL ANALYSES OF ISSUES IN NATURAL
55
PROBLEM AREAS IN NATURAL LAW
69
TYPES AND CLASSIFICATIONS OF NATURAL LAW
93
NATURAL LAW AND CONTEMPORARY ISSUES
115
Bibliography
135
Index
143
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Howard P. Kainz is Professor Emeritus at Marquette University.

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