In Defense of Natural Law / Edition 1

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Overview


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. Students as well as scholars in law, political science, and philosophy will find George's arguments stimulating, challenging, and compelling.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780199242993
  • Publisher: Oxford University Press, USA
  • Publication date: 4/28/2001
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 360
  • Product dimensions: 8.90 (w) x 5.90 (h) x 0.90 (d)

Meet the Author

Robert George is a Professor in the Politics Department at Princeton University. He is the author and editor of many academic texts and journals and is a presidential appointee to the US Commission on Civil Rights.

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Table of Contents

Introduction 1
Pt. 1 Theoretical Issues 15
1 A Defense of the New Natural Law Theory 17
2 Recent Criticism of Natural Law Theory 31
3 Natural Law and Human Nature 83
4 Does the 'Incommensurability Thesis' Imperil Common Sense Moral Judgments? 92
5 Natural Law and Positive Law 102
6 Free Choice, Practical Reason and Fitness for the Rule of Law 113
Pt. 2 Moral and Political Questions 123
7 Religious Liberty and Political Morality 125
8 Marriage and the Liberal Imagination 139
9 What Sex Can Be: Alienation, Illusion or One-Flesh Union 161
10 Making Children Moral: Pornography, Parents and the Public Interest 184
11 Public Reason and Political Conflict: Abortion and Homosexuality 196
12 Natural Law and International Order 228
Pt. 3 Dialectical Engagement 247
13 Moral Particularism, Thomism and Traditions 249
14 Human Flourishing as a Criterion of Morality: A Critique of Perry's Naturalism 259
15 Nature, Morality and Homosexuality 276
16 Can Sex Be Reasonable? 287
17 Moralistic Liberalism and Legal Moralism 300
18 Law, Democracy and Moral Disagreement 315
Index 335
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