In Defense of Natural Law

In Defense of Natural Law

By: Robert P. George (author)Paperback

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In 'Making Men Moral', Robert George questioned the central doctrines of liberal jurisprudence and political theory. In his new work he extends his critique of liberalism, and also goes beyond it to show how contemporary natural law theory provides a superior way of thinking about basic problems of justice and political morality. It is written with the same combination of stylistic elegance and analytical rigour that distinguished his critical work. Not content merely to defend natural law from its 'cultural despisers'; he deftly turns the tables and deploys the idea to mount a stunning attack on regnant liberal beliefs about such issues as abortion, sexuality, and the place of religion in public life. Students as well as scholars in law, political science, and philosophy will find George's arguments stimulating, challenging, and compelling.

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Robert George is McCormick Professor of Jurisprudence at Princeton University. He is an former Presidential Appointee to the United States Commission on Human Rights, and has served as a Judicial Fellow at the Supreme Court of the United States


Introduction ; 1. A DEFENSE OF THE NEW NATURAL LAW THEORY ; 2. Recent Criticism of Natural Law Theory ; 3. Natural Law and Human Nature ; 4. Does the ' Incommensurabiltiy Thesis' Imperil Common Sense Moral Judgements ; 5. Natural Law and Positive Law ; 6. Free Choice, Practical Reason and Fitness for the Rule of Law ; 7. RELIGIOUS LIBERTY AND POLITICAL MORALITY ; 8. Marriage and the Liberal Imagination ; 9. What Sex Can Be: Alienation, Illusion, or One-Flesh Union ; 10. Making Children Moral: Pornography, Parents and the Public Interest ; 11. Public Reason and Political Conflict: Abortion and Homosexual Acts ; 12. Natural Law and International Order ; 13. MORAL PARTICULARISM, THOMISM, AND TRADITIONS ; 14. Human Flourishing as a Criterion of Morality: A Critique of Percy's Naturalism ; 15. Nature, Morality and Homosexuality ; 16. Can Sex be Reasonable? ; 17. Moralistic Liberalism and Legal Moralism ; 18. Law, Democracy, and Moral Disagreement ; Index

Product Details

  • publication date: 01/02/2001
  • ISBN13: 9780199242993
  • Format: Paperback
  • Number Of Pages: 354
  • ID: 9780199242993
  • weight: 496
  • ISBN10: 0199242992

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