Natural Law and Natural Rights by John Finnis

Natural Law and Natural Rights

byJohn Finnis

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First published in 1980, Natural Law and Natural Rights is widely heralded as a seminal contribution to the philosophy of law, and an authoritative restatement of natural law doctrine. It has offered generations of students and other readers a thorough grounding in the central issues oflegal, moral, and political philosophy from Finnis's distinctive perspective. This new edition includes a substantial postscript by the author, in which he responds to thirty years of discussion, criticism and further work in the field to develop and refine the original theory.The book closely integrates the philosophy of law with ethics, social theory and political philosophy. The author develops a sustained and substantive argument; it is not a review of other people's arguments but makes frequent illustrative and critical reference to classical, modern, andcontemporary writers in ethics, social and political theory, and jurisprudence.The preliminary First Part reviews a century of analytical jurisprudence to illustrate the dependence of every descriptive social science upon evaluations by the theorist. A fully critical basis for such evaluations is a theory of natural law. Standard contemporary objections to natural law theoryare reviewed and shown to rest on serious misunderstandings.The Second Part develops in ten carefully structured chapters an account of: basic human goods and basic requirements of practical reasonableness, community and 'the common good'; justice; the logical structure of rights-talk; the bases of human rights, their specification and their limits;authority, and the formation of authoritative rules by non-authoritative persons and procedures; law, the Rule of Law, and the derivation of laws from the principles of practical reasonableness; the complex relation between legal and moral obligation; and the practical and theoretical problemscreated by unjust laws.A final Part develops a vigorous argument about the relation between 'natural law', 'natural theology' and 'revelation' - between moral concern and other ultimate questions.

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John Finnis is Professor of Law and Legal Philosophy at the University of Oxford, and a Fellow of University College. He is Professor of Law at the University of Notre Dame.
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Title:Natural Law and Natural RightsFormat:PaperbackDimensions:500 pages, 9.21 × 6.14 × 0.01 inPublished:May 7, 2011Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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Part I1. Evaluation and the Description of Law2. Images and ObjectionsPart II3. A Basic Form of Good: Knowledge4. The Other Basic Values5. The Basic Requirements of Practical Reasonableness6. Community, Communities, and Common Good7. Justice8. Rights9. Authority10. Law11. Obligation12. Unjust LawsPart III13. Nature, Reason, GodPostscript