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If natural law arguments struggle to gain traction in contemporary moral and political discourse, could it be because we moderns do not share the understanding of nature on which that language was developed? Building on the work of important thinkers of the last half-century, including Leo Strauss, Eric Voegelin, John Finnis, and Bernard Lonergan, the essays in Concepts of Nature compare and contrast classical, medieval, and modern conceptions of nature in order to better understand how and why the concept of nature no longer seems to provide a limit or standard for human action. These essays also evaluate whether a rearticulation of pre-modern ideas (or perhaps a reconciliation or reconstitution on modern terms) is desirable and/or possible.

Edited by R. J. Snell and Steven F. McGuire, this book will be of interest to intellectual historians, political theorists, theologians, and philosophers.

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ISBN-13: 9781498527569
Publisher: Lexington Books
Publication date: 09/15/2018
Pages: 250
Product dimensions: 5.60(w) x 8.72(h) x 0.74(d)

About the Author

R. J. Snell is professor of philosophy at Eastern University and executive director of the Agora Institute for Civic Virtue and the Common Good.

Steven F. McGuire is assistant professor of political science at Eastern University and a research director at the Agora Institute for Civic Virtue and the Common Good.

Table of Contents

Table of Contents
R. J. Snell and Steven F. McGuire
1. Voegelin’s Analysis of Human Nature in Aristotle
Barry Cooper
Response by Thomas W. Smith
2. Nature, Human Nature, and Human Dignity in Light of the Primary Experience of the Cosmos
Glenn Hughes
Response by Melissa Moschella
3. Natural Rights and History: Hugo Grotius’ Modern Translation of Aristotle
Jeremy Seth Geddert
Response by Jesse Covington
4. Categories and Causes: Physics and Politics for Aristotle and for Us
James R. Stoner, Jr.
Response by Christopher O. Tollefsen
5. Rousseau on Nature, Freedom and the Moral Life
Susan Meld Shell
Response by Geoffrey M. Vaughan
6. Nature, History and the Problem of Progress in H.G. Wells
Charles T. Rubin
Response by Amy Gilbert Richards
7. Nature in Louis Dupré’s Model of Modernity
Stephen M Fields, SJ
Response by Anna Bonta Moreland
8. From Pure Nature to Concrete Subject: The Question of God in the Secular Age
Randall S. Rosenberg
Response by Gregory R. Beabout

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