Natural Law Theory: Contemporary Essays

Oxford University Press, 1992.

Description from Publisher:

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.

Table of Contents:

I.  Natural Law, Practical Reasoning, and Morality
1.    Natural Law and the Ethics of Traditions
2.    Natural Law and Human Nature
3.    Natural Law and Virtue: Theories at Cross Purposes
4.    Truth, Natural Law, and Ethical Theory

II.    Natural Law and Legal Theory
5.    Natural Law and the Separation of Law and Morals
6.    Natural Law and Legal Reasoning
7.    The Irrelevance of Moral Objectivity
8.    Law as a Functional Kind

III.    Natural Law, Justice, and Rights
9.    That ‘Nature Herself Has Placed in Our Ears a Power of Judging’: Some Reflections on the ‘Naturalism’ of Cicero
10.    Natural Law and Rights

IV.    Legal Formalism and Legal Rationality
11.    Formalism and the Rule of Law
12.    Why Legal Formalism

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