Reason, Morality, and Law: The Philosophy of John Finnis

Paperback | February 28, 2015

EditorJohn Keown, Robert P. George

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John Finnis is a pioneer in the development of a new yet classically-grounded theory of natural law. His work offers a systematic philosophy of practical reasoning and moral choosing that addresses the great questions of the rational foundations of ethical judgments, the identification ofmoral norms, human agency, and the freedom of the will, personal identity, the common good, the role and functions of law, the meaning of justice, and the relationship of morality and politics to religion and the life of faith. The core of Finnis' theory, articulated in his seminal work Natural Lawand Natural Rights, has profoundly influenced later work in the philosophy of law and moral and political philosophy, while his contributions to the ethical debates surrounding nuclear deterrence, abortion, euthanasia, sexual morality, and religious freedom have powerfully demonstrated the practicalimplications of his natural law theory.This volume, which gathers eminent moral, legal, and political philosophers, and theologians to engage with John Finnis' work, offers the first sustained, critical study of Finnis' contribution across the range of disciplines in which rational and morally upright choosing is a central concern. Itincludes a substantial response from Finnis himself, in which he comments on each of their 27 essays and defends and develops his ideas and arguments.

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John Finnis is a pioneer in the development of a new yet classically-grounded theory of natural law. His work offers a systematic philosophy of practical reasoning and moral choosing that addresses the great questions of the rational foundations of ethical judgments, the identification ofmoral norms, human agency, and the freedom of t...

John Keown DCL holds the Rose Kennedy Chair in the Kennedy Institute of Ethics at Georgetown University, one of the world's premier centres of research into ethics. Having graduated in law from Cambridge he took a doctorate at Oxford and was then called to the Bar of England and Wales. Before being elected to the Rose Kennedy Chair he...

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:628 pages, 9.69 × 6.73 × 1.28 inPublished:February 28, 2015Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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Editors' PrefaceRobert P. George: Introduction: The Achievement of John FinnisReasons, Goods, and Principles1. Joseph Raz: Value: A Menu of Questions2. Roger Crisp: Finnis on Well-being3. John Haldane: Reasoning about the Human Good, and the Role of the Public Philosopher4. Joseph Boyle: On the Most Fundamental Principle of Morality5. Jeremy Waldron: What is Natural Law Like?Intentions in Action6. Luke Gormally: Intention and Side-effects: John Finnis and Elizabeth Anscombe7. Anthony Kenny: Intention and Side-effects: The mens rea for Murder8. Kevin L. Flannery SJ: John Finnis on Thomas Aquinas on Human Action9. Cristobel Orrego: On Moral Philosophy and Kinds of Human ActionsJustice, Rights, and Wrongdoing10. John Gardner: Finnis on Justice11. Matthew H. Kramer: Retributivism in the Spirit of Finnis12. Leslie Green: The Nature of Limited Government13. Christopher Tollefsen: Pure Perfectionism and the Limits of Paternalism14. Jacqueline Tasioulas and John Tasioulas: "Lawful mercy" in Measure for Measure15. Patrick Lee: The Basis for Being a Subject of Rights: The Natural Law Position16. Gerard V. Bradley: Constitutional and Other Persons17. Anthony Fisher OP: Bioethics After Finnis18. John Keown: A New Father for the Law and Ethics of MedicinePhilosophy of Law19. N E Simmonds: Value, Practice and Idea20. Timothy Endicott: The Irony of Law21. Timothy Macklem: Ideas of Easy Virtue22. Julie Dickson: Law and its Theory: a Question of Priorities23. Maris Kopcke Tinture: Finnis on Legal and Moral Obligation24. Richard Ekins: Constitutional Principle in the Laws of the Commonwealth25. Neil M. Gorsuch: Intention and the Allocation of RiskPhilosophy, Religion, and Public Reasons26. Thomas Pink: The Right to Religious Liberty and the Coercion of Belief: A Note on Dignitatis Humanae27. Germain Grisez: Natural Law and the Transcendent Source of Human FulfillmentReflections and Responses28. John Finnis: ResponsesBibliography of the Published Works of John Finnis

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