Natural Law Theory: Contemporary Essays

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Clarendon Press, 1994 - Philosophy - 371 pages
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Natural law theory is enjoying a revival of interest in a variety of scholarly disciplines including law, philosophy, political science, and theology and religious studies. This volume presents twelve original essays by leading natural law theorists and their critics. The contributors discuss natural law theories of morality, law and legal reasoning, politics, and the rule of law. Readers get a clear sense of the wide diversity of viewpoints represented among contemporary theorists, and an opportunity to evaluate the arguments and counterarguments exchanged in the current debates between natural law theorists and their critics. Contributors include Hadley Arkes, Joseph M. Boyle, Jr., John Finnis, Robert P. George, Russell Hittinger, Neil MacCormick, Michael Moore, Jeffrey Stout, Joseph Raz, Jeremy Waldron, Lloyd Weinreb, and Ernest Weinrib.
 

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Contents

Natural Law and Human Nature
31
Theories at Cross Purposes
42
Truth Natural Law and Ethical Theory
71
Natural Law and the Separation of Law and Morals
105
Natural Law and Legal Reasoning
134
The Irrelevance of Moral Objectivity
158
Law as a Functional Kind
188
That Nature Herself Has Placed in Our Ears a Power
245
Natural Law and Rights
278
Formalism and the Rule of
309
Why Legal Formalism
341
Index
365
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Robert P. George is at Princeton University.

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