Natural Law in Jurisprudence and Politics

Natural Law in Jurisprudence and Politics

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Natural Law in Jurisprudence and Politics

Natural law is a perennial though poorly represented and understood issue in political philosophy and the philosophy of law. Mark C. Murphy argues that the central thesis of natural law jurisprudence—that law is backed by decisive reasons for compliance—sets the agenda for natural law political philosophy, which demonstrates how law gains its binding force by way of the common good of the political community. Murphy's work ranges over the central questions of natural law jurisprudence and political philosophy, including the formulation and defense of the natural law jurisprudential thesis, the nature of the common good, the connection between the promotion of the common good and requirement of obedience to law, and the justification of punishment.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780521859301
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Publication date: 02/28/2006
Series: Cambridge Studies in Philosophy and Law Series
Edition description: New Edition
Pages: 204
Product dimensions: 5.98(w) x 8.98(h) x 0.63(d)

Table of Contents

Introduction; 1. Natural law jurisprudence formulated; 2. Natural law jurisprudence defended; 3. The common good; 4. The natural law rejection of consent theory; 5. A constant theory of the authority of law; 6. The authority of law and legal punishment; 7. Beneath and beyond the common good.

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