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The Problem of Natural Law
     

The Problem of Natural Law

by Douglas Kries
 

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ISBN-10: 0739120379

ISBN-13: 9780739120378

Pub. Date: 05/30/2008

Publisher: Lexington Books

The Problem of Natural Law takes up the problem of how natural law theory might be made a serious contender in modern moral, political, and legal debate. Author Douglas Kries takes as his starting point the question of how human beings are said to know the natural law, which is a question that has traditionally been answered by appealing to the notion of

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The Problem of Natural Law takes up the problem of how natural law theory might be made a serious contender in modern moral, political, and legal debate. Author Douglas Kries takes as his starting point the question of how human beings are said to know the natural law, which is a question that has traditionally been answered by appealing to the notion of 'conscience.' Since Thomas Aquinas articulated the classic formulation of natural law theory, the book begins with an analysis of Thomas's notion of conscience. It then examines both the philosophical and theological objections that have been raised against the Thomistic notion of conscience and argues that this long-standing teaching could and should be bracketed by contemporary natural law theory. On the basis of this reformulation of natural law, Kries then proceeds to show how reviving natural law theory might be possible in the contemporary context, though it will need to be preceded by a reformulation of the natural law theory itself, especially with respect to the doctrine of conscience. If this is accomplished, Thomistic natural law will be better situated to respond to its three most important contemporary critics: the existentialism of Sartre, the deontologism of Kant, and the political hedonism of Hobbes.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780739120378
Publisher:
Lexington Books
Publication date:
05/30/2008
Series:
Applications of Political Theory Series
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
214
Product dimensions:
5.90(w) x 8.90(h) x 0.80(d)

Table of Contents

Chapter 1 Introduction: Identifying the Problem Part 2 Part I: The Pre-Modern Critics of Thomistic Conscience Chapter 3 Chapter 1: Conscience in Thomas's Understanding of Natural Law Chapter 4 Chapter 2: The Objections of the Ancient Philosophers Chapter 5 Chapter 3: The Objections of the Calvinist Christians Part 6 Part II: The Question of Revision Chapter 7 Chapter 4: On the Possibility of Revising Thomas's Teaching on Conscience Part 8 Part III: Answering Modern Critics of Natural Law Chapter 9 Chapter 5: Those Who Deny the Existence of Human Nature Chapter 10 Chapter 6: Those Who Deny the Moral Relevancy of Human Nature Chapter 11 Chapter 7: Those Who Deny the Ancient Understanding of Human Nature

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