Natural Law and Contemporary Public Policy

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David Forte
Georgetown University Press, Aug 1, 1998 - Political Science - 416 pages
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Rooted in Western classical and medieval philosophies, the natural law movement of the last few decades seeks to rediscover fundamental moral truths. In this book, prominent thinkers demonstrate how natural law can be used to resolve a wide range of complex social, political, and constitutional issues by addressing controversial subjects that include the family, taxation, war, racial discrimination, medical technology, and sexuality.

This volume will be of value to those working in philosophy, political science, and legal theory, as well as to policy analysts, legislators, and judges.

 

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Contents

The Natural Law Moment
3
Natural Law and the Individual
11
Privacy
13
Nature Morality and Homosexuality
29
Bioethics and Unman Life
41
Nature Nurture and Gnosis
55
Family Nurture and Liberty
79
Natural Law and the Government
107
Property the Common Law and John Locke
193
Taxation
219
Welfare
280
Tort Reform
298
Natural Law and Foreign Policy
331
Just War and Defense Policy
333
Doubts and Affirmations
361
Questions About the Place of Natural Law
363

The Axioms of Public Policy
109
Legislation
135
Judicial Review
157
Natural Law and the Economy
191
The Natural Law Banner
380
Contributors
385
Index
387
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About the author (1998)

David F. Forte is professor of law at the Cleveland-Marshall College of Law at Cleveland State University. He teaches and publishes in the fields of jurisprudence, constitutional law, and legal history.

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