Human Rights and Common Good: Collected Essays Volume III

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This central volume in the Collected Essays brings together John Finnis's wide-ranging contribution to central issues in political philosophy.

The volume begins by examining the general theory of political community and social justice. It includes the powerful and well-known Maccabaean Lecture on Bills of Rights -- a searching critique of Ronald Dworkin's moral-political arguments and conclusions, of the European Court of Human Rights' approach to fundamental rights, and of ...

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Overview


This central volume in the Collected Essays brings together John Finnis's wide-ranging contribution to central issues in political philosophy.

The volume begins by examining the general theory of political community and social justice. It includes the powerful and well-known Maccabaean Lecture on Bills of Rights -- a searching critique of Ronald Dworkin's moral-political arguments and conclusions, of the European Court of Human Rights' approach to fundamental rights, and of judicial review as a constitutional institution. It is followed by an equally searching analysis of Kant's thought on the intersection of law, right, and ethics. Other papers in the book's opening section include an early assessment of Rawls's A Theory of Justice, a radical re-interpretation of Aquinas on limited government and the significance of the private/public distinction, and a challenging paper on virtue and the constitution.

The volume then focuses on central problems in modern political communities, including the achievement of justice in work and distribution; the practice of punishment; war and justice; the public control of euthanasia and abortion; and the nature of marriage and the common good. There are careful and vigorous critiques of Nietzsche on morality, Hart on punishment, Dworkin on the enforcement of morality and on euthanasia, Rawls on justice and law, Thomson on the woman's right to choose, Habermas on abortion, Nussbaum and Koppelman on same-sex relations, and Dummett and Weithman on open borders.

The volume's previously unpublished papers include a foundational consideration of labour unions, a fresh statement of a new grounding for the morality of sex, a surprising reading of C.S. Lewis's Abolition of Man on contraception, and an introduction reviewing some of the remarkable changes in private and public morality over the past half-century.

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  • ISBN-13: 9780199689965
  • Publisher: Oxford University Press
  • Publication date: 12/1/2013
  • Edition description: Reprint
  • Pages: 448
  • Sales rank: 1,159,445
  • Product dimensions: 6.10 (w) x 9.10 (h) x 1.00 (d)

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John Finnis, Professor of Law and Legal Philosophy at Oxford University and Professor of Law at the University of Notre Dame

John Finnis is Professor of Law and Legal Philosophy at the University of Oxford, and a Fellow of University College. He is the Biolchini Family Professor of Law at the University of Notre Dame.

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Table of Contents

Introduction General Theory and Political Justice
1. Human Rights and Their Enforcement
2. Duties to Oneself in Kant
3. Rawls's A Theory of Justice
4. The Foundations of Human Rights
5. Limited Government
Justice in Work and Distribution
6. On Unions
7. Distributive Justice and the Bottom Line
8. Migration Rights
9. Boundaries
Justice and Punishment
10. Hart's Philosophy of Punishment
11. The Restoration of Retribution
12. Punishment's Aims and Meanings
13. Retribution: Punishment's Formative Aim
War and Justice
14. War and Peace in the Natural Law Tradition
Autonomy, Euthanasia, and Injustice
15. Euthanasia and Justice
16. Economics, Justice, and the Value of Life
17. Dworkin and Cruzan on End of Life
18. Euthanasia and the Law
Autonomy, IVF, Abortion, and Injustice
19. CS Lewis and Test-tube Babies
20. The Rights and Wrongs of Abortion
21. Justice for Mother and Child
22. Abortion and Public Reason
Marriage and the Common Good
23. Marriage: A Basic and Exigent Good
24. Law, Morality, and 'Sexual Orientation'
25. Sex and Marriage: Some Myths and Reasons
26. Bad Sex and Marital Good

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