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.
`fine colletion of essays'
Stephen Buckle, The Philosophical Quarterly
Robert P. George: Introduction; I: Natural Law, Practical Reasoning, and Morality:Joseph Boyle: Natural law and the ethics of traditions; Robert P. George: Natural Law and human nature; Russell Hittinger: Natural law and virtue: Theories at cross-purposes; Jeffrey Stout: Truth, natural law, and ethical theory; II: Natural Law and Legal Theory: Neil MacCormick: Natural law and the separation of law and morals; John Finnis: Natural law and legal reasoning; Jeremy
Waldron: The irrelevance of moral objectivity; Michael Moore: Law as a functional kind; III: Natural Law, Justice, and Rights: Hadley Arkes: That 'Nature herself has placed in our ears a power of
judging': Some reflections on the 'Naturalism' of Cicero; Lloyd Weinreb: Natural law and rights; IV: Legal Formalism and Legal Rationality: Joseph Raz: Formalism and the rule of law; Ernest Weinrib: Why legal formalism