In Defense of Natural Law

Oxford University Press, 1999.

Description from Publisher:

In Making Men Moral, his 1995 book, 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. Students as well as scholars in law, political science, and philosophy will find George’s arguments stimulating, challenging, and compelling.

Table of Contents:


Part 1: Theoretical Issues
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 Incommensurability Thesis Imperil Common Sense Moral Judgements?
5. Natural Law and Positive Law
6. Free Choice, Practical Reason and Fitness for the Rule of Law

Part 2: Moral and Political Questions
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

Part 3: Dialectical Engagement
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


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