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Concluding Comments: Prospects and Pitfalls for Natural Law Theory

Anthony J. Lisska

in Aquinas’s Theory of Natural Law: An Analytic Reconstruction

Published in print:
1997
Published Online:
October 2011
ISBN:
9780198269670
eISBN:
9780191683732
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198269670.003.0010
Subject:
Religion, Philosophy of Religion

This concluding chapter discusses the prospects and pitfalls of Thomas Aquinas' natural law theory. It highlights the renewed interest in natural law theory in contemporary philosophy of law and ... More


A Grand Tour of Legal Theory

John Finnis

in Philosophy of Law: Collected Essays Volume IV

Published in print:
2011
Published Online:
September 2011
ISBN:
9780199580088
eISBN:
9780191729409
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199580088.003.0006
Subject:
Law, Philosophy of Law

This chapter is a survey of what ‘natural law theory’ in its classical forms did or would say about the twenty-eight topics intended to be taken up in Coleman and Shapiro's Oxford Handbook of ... More


Recent Criticism of Natural Law Theory

ROBERT P. GEORGE

in In Defense of Natural Law

Published in print:
1999
Published Online:
March 2012
ISBN:
9780198267713
eISBN:
9780191683343
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198267713.003.0003
Subject:
Law, Philosophy of Law

This chapter focuses on the recent criticism on what this chapter, following Hittinger’s convention, refers to as the ‘the Grisez–Finnis natural law theory.’ The chapter claims that neither Weinreb ... More


Canon Law and Natural Law

John J. Coughlin

in Law, Person, and Community: Philosophical, Theological, and Comparative Perspectives on Canon Law

Published in print:
2012
Published Online:
May 2012
ISBN:
9780199756773
eISBN:
9780199932177
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199756773.003.0004
Subject:
Law, Philosophy of Law

This chapter discusses the function of natural law as a dimension of the anthropological foundation of canon law. It focuses on the so-called new natural law theory, which has been developed by, ... More


Normativity and Norms: Critical Perspectives on Kelsenian Themes

Stanley L. Paulson (ed.)

Published in print:
1999
Published Online:
March 2012
ISBN:
9780198763154
eISBN:
9780191695209
Item type:
book
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198763154.001.0001
Subject:
Law, Philosophy of Law

Hans Kelsen's efforts in the areas of legal philosophy and legal theory are considered by many scholars of law to be the most influential thinking of recent years. This book makes available some of ... More


The Incarnation and Virtue Ethics

Linda Zagzebski

in The Incarnation: An Interdisciplinary Symposium on the Incarnation of the Son of God

Published in print:
2002
Published Online:
November 2003
ISBN:
9780199248452
eISBN:
9780191600524
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/0199248451.003.0014
Subject:
Religion, Theology

Linda Zagzebski proposes a formal framework for an ethical theory in which the incarnation is central and the imitation of Christ the basic normative idea. Her formal framework of exemplarism makes ... More


Natural Law Theory and the General Right to Territory

Cara Nine

in Global Justice and Territory

Published in print:
2012
Published Online:
September 2012
ISBN:
9780199580217
eISBN:
9780191741456
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199580217.003.0003
Subject:
Political Science, Political Theory

Chapter 2 defends the general collective right to territory from the perspective of natural law theory. A general right to territory is a claim to be self-determining over some territory, even if the ... More


In Defense of Natural Law

Robert George

Published in print:
1999
Published Online:
March 2012
ISBN:
9780198267713
eISBN:
9780191683343
Item type:
book
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198267713.001.0001
Subject:
Law, Philosophy of Law

Making Men Moral questioned the central doctrines of liberal jurisprudence and political theory. This new work extends a critique of liberalism, and also goes beyond it to show how ... More


‘Is’, ‘ought’ and theological ethics

Rufus Black

in Christian Moral Realism: Natural Law, Narrative, Virtue, and the Gospel

Published in print:
2001
Published Online:
October 2011
ISBN:
9780198270201
eISBN:
9780191683947
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198270201.003.0001
Subject:
Religion, Theology

This chapter brings into focus the discussion about the renewal of Christian ethics participated in by three figures namely: Stanlely Hauerwas, one of the most influential Christian ethicists; ... More


Is Natural Law Theory Compatible with Limited Government?

John Finnis

in Natural Law, Liberalism, and Morality: Contemporary Essays

Published in print:
2001
Published Online:
March 2012
ISBN:
9780199243006
eISBN:
9780191697203
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199243006.003.0001
Subject:
Law, Philosophy of Law

This chapter discusses natural law theory. The chapter also contains sections that provide a detailed discussion of the moral principles and norms that natural law theory considers to be principles ... More


Philosophical Foundations of the Nature of Law

Wil Waluchow and Stefan Sciaraffa (eds)

Published in print:
2013
Published Online:
May 2013
ISBN:
9780199675517
eISBN:
9780191757280
Item type:
book
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199675517.001.0001
Subject:
Law, Philosophy of Law

In recent years we have witnessed major developments in philosophical inquiry concerning the nature of law and, with the continuing development of international and transnational legal institutions, ... More


The Truth in Legal Positivism

John Finnis

in Philosophy of Law: Collected Essays Volume IV

Published in print:
2011
Published Online:
September 2011
ISBN:
9780199580088
eISBN:
9780191729409
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199580088.003.0008
Subject:
Law, Philosophy of Law

This chapter begins with a detailed history of the emergence of the term ‘positive’, in relation to law, in the 12th and 13th centuries, most richly and subtly in Aquinas, whose texts are described ... More


Practical Reasoning in Law: Some Clarifications

John Finnis

in Philosophy of Law: Collected Essays Volume IV

Published in print:
2011
Published Online:
September 2011
ISBN:
9780199580088
eISBN:
9780191729409
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199580088.003.0018
Subject:
Law, Philosophy of Law

This chapter responds to criticisms of Natural Law and Natural Rights, Chapter 16 of this volume, and a version of Chapter 14 in Volume I of this text. The topics debated are method in natural law ... More


Introduction

ROBERT P. GEORGE

in In Defense of Natural Law

Published in print:
1999
Published Online:
March 2012
ISBN:
9780198267713
eISBN:
9780191683343
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198267713.003.0001
Subject:
Law, Philosophy of Law

The book’s main concern is with the defense of natural law theory against criticism from various quarters and its application to problems at different levels of philosophical abstractness. The method ... More


Rethinking the Traditional Interpretation of Anti-Positivist Theories: Classical Natural Law Theory and Dworkinian Interpretivism

Kenneth Einar Himma

in Morality and the Nature of Law

Published in print:
2019
Published Online:
April 2019
ISBN:
9780198723479
eISBN:
9780191790089
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/oso/9780198723479.003.0003
Subject:
Law, Philosophy of Law

This chapter challenges the traditional interpretation of classical natural law theories and Dworkinian interpretivism. It argues that these theories are best construed as explicating a different ... More


States of Reasoning: Modern Natural-Law Theory

David William Bates

in States of War: Enlightenment Origins of the Political

Published in print:
2011
Published Online:
November 2015
ISBN:
9780231158053
eISBN:
9780231528665
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Columbia University Press
DOI:
10.7312/columbia/9780231158053.003.0002
Subject:
Political Science, Political Theory

This chapter draws on three exemplary seventeenth-century texts written in the natural-law tradition (by Grotius, Hobbes, and Pufendorf) to examine how these authors isolated the logical development ... More


Was It Good for You Too? The New Natural Law Theory and the Paradoxical Good of Sexbots

Joshua D. Goldstein

in Robot Sex: Social and Ethical Implications

Published in print:
2017
Published Online:
May 2018
ISBN:
9780262036689
eISBN:
9780262341981
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
The MIT Press
DOI:
10.7551/mitpress/9780262036689.003.0010
Subject:
Philosophy, Moral Philosophy

We normally think of the so-called new natural law theory (NNLT) for its as a relentlessly conservative sexual ethic, one which argues both for the rightness only of “reproductive-type” sex (and that ... More


The Irony of Law

Timothy Endicott

in Reason, Morality, and Law: The Philosophy of John Finnis

Published in print:
2013
Published Online:
May 2013
ISBN:
9780199675500
eISBN:
9780191757228
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199675500.003.0021
Subject:
Law, Philosophy of Law

John Finnis says that central cases of the concepts of social theory fully instantiate values that are instantiated in more-or-less watered-down ways in peripheral cases. This chapter argues that the ... More


Legal Teleology: A Naturalist Account of the Normativity of Law

David Copp

in Dimensions of Normativity: New Essays on Metaethics and Jurisprudence

Published in print:
2019
Published Online:
February 2019
ISBN:
9780190640408
eISBN:
9780190640439
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/oso/9780190640408.003.0003
Subject:
Law, Philosophy of Law

Legal Teleology seeks to embrace and to ground the most plausible tenets of both legal positivism and natural law theory. It is compatible with the positivist view that law consists at root in a ... More


On the Artifactual—and Natural— Character of Legal Institutions

Corrado Roversi

in Law as an Artifact

Published in print:
2018
Published Online:
October 2018
ISBN:
9780198821977
eISBN:
9780191861147
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/oso/9780198821977.003.0005
Subject:
Law, Philosophy of Law

Are legal institutions artifacts? If artifacts are conceived as entities whose existence depends on human beings, then yes, legal institutions are, of course, artifacts. But an artifact theory of law ... More


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