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In Defense of Natural Law - Robert George

In Defense of Natural Law

Hardcover Published: 1st January 1999
ISBN: 9780198267713
Number Of Pages: 354

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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. 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 a stunning 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.

`Princeton Professor Robert George is one of today's outstanding thinkers in the area of law, morality, and politics.' Modern Age, Fall 2000 `An impressive, sustained argument for the proposition that there are objective moral truths ... illuminating ... one need not agree with all of his responses to find the book instructive.' J. Budziszewski, University of Texas, Austin, Philosophia Christi `These essays reveal George to be an honourable, passionate, and intelligent defender of a moral and political theory which, both in its foundations and its understanding of law and policy, presents liberalism with an opponent it cannot ignore' David Archard, MIND

Introduction 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 Incommensurabiltiy 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: Hu man 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 Index

ISBN: 9780198267713
ISBN-10: 0198267711
Audience: Professional
Format: Hardcover
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 354
Published: 1st January 1999
Publisher: Oxford University Press
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 24.2 x 16.1  x 2.4
Weight (kg): 0.65