Written on the Heart: The Case for Natural Law

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Voted one of Christianity Today's 1998 Books of the Year!

With uninterrupted clarity, frequent eloquence and occasional humor, J. Budziszewski presents and defends the natural law tradition in what is at once a primer for students and a vigorous argument for scholars.

Written on the Heart expounds the work of the leading architects of theory on natural law, including Aristotle, Thomas Aquinas and John Locke. It also takes up contemporary ...

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Overview

Voted one of Christianity Today's 1998 Books of the Year!

With uninterrupted clarity, frequent eloquence and occasional humor, J. Budziszewski presents and defends the natural law tradition in what is at once a primer for students and a vigorous argument for scholars.

Written on the Heart expounds the work of the leading architects of theory on natural law, including Aristotle, Thomas Aquinas and John Locke. It also takes up contemporary philosophy, theology and political science, colorfully running against the intimidating tide of advanced pluralism that finds natural law so difficult to tolerate.

Throughout the volume, Budziszewski sure-footedly achieves his self-confessed aim of displaying the "subtlety, richness and intellectual surprise" of the natural law tradition.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780830818914
  • Publisher: InterVarsity Press
  • Publication date: 5/14/1997
  • Pages: 252
  • Sales rank: 589,730
  • Product dimensions: 5.50 (w) x 8.25 (h) x 0.70 (d)

Meet the Author

J. Budziszewski is professor in the departments of government and philosophy at the University of Texas at Austin. His other books include The Revenge of Conscience, What We Can't Know, How to Stay Christian in College and Ask Me Anything: Provocative Answers for College Students.
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Table of Contents

Acknowledgments
PrefaceUnit I: Aristotle
1. Politics & the Human Good
2. Moral Excellence & Regime Design
3. Friendship, Justice & the Moral Significance of LawUnit II: Thomas Aquinas
4. The Grand Design of Law
5. The Law of Nature & the Law of Man
6. Human Law & Regime DesignUnit III: John Locke
7. The State of Nature & the Social Contract
8. Two Views of Natural Law
9. Private Property & RevolutionUnit IV: John Stuart Mill
10. The Pleasure Principle
11. The Problem with the Pleasure Principle
12. Utility & JusticeIntermezzo: The Art of TeachingUnit V: Written on the Heart
13. A Christian Appraisal of Natural-Law Theory
14. A Reprise of the Older Thinkers
15. A Sampling of Recent Thinkers
Appendix: Elementary Reasoning
Notes
Select Bibliography
Index
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