In Defense of Natural Law

Paperback | February 15, 2001

byRobert George

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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 basicproblems 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 astunning 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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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 basicproblems of justice and political morality. It is ...

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

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:354 pages, 9.21 × 6.14 × 0.83 inPublished:February 15, 2001Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0199242992

ISBN - 13:9780199242993

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IntroductionPart 1 Theoretical Issues1. A Defense of the New Natural Law Theory2. Recent Criticism of Natural Law Theory3. Natural Law and Human Nature4. Does the ' Incommensurabiltiy Thesis' Imperil Common Sense Moral Judgements5. Natural Law and Positive Law6. Free Choice, Practical Reason and Fitness for the Rule of LawPart 2 Moral and Political Questions7. Religious Liberty and Political Morality8. Marriage and the Liberal Imagination9. What Sex Can Be: Alienation, Illusion, or One-Flesh Union10. Making Children Moral: Pornography, Parents and the Public Interest11. Public Reason and Political Conflict: Abortion and Homosexual Acts12. Natural Law and International OrderPart 3 Dialectical Engagement13. Moral Particularism, Thomism, and Traditions14. Human Flourishing as a Criterion of Morality: A Critique of Percy's Naturalism15. Nature, Morality and Homosexuality16. Can Sex be Reasonable?17. Moralistic Liberalism and Legal Moralism18. Law, Democracy, and Moral DisagreementIndex

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`An impressive, sustained argument for the proposition that there are objective moral truths ... iluminating ... one need not agree with all of his responses to find the book instructive.'J. Budziszewski, University of Texas, Austin Philosophia Christi