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Natural and Divine Law

Natural and Divine Law

Author: Jean Porter

Publisher: Wm. B. Eerdmans Publishing

ISBN: 0802846971

Category: Religion

Page: 348

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Though the concept of natural law took center stage during the Middle Ages, the theological aspects of this august intellectual tradition have been largely forgotten by the modern church. In this book ethicist Jean Porter shows the continuing significance of the natural law tradition for Christian ethics. Based on a careful analysis of natural law as it emerged in the medieval period, Porter's work explores several important scholastic theologians and canonists whose writings are not only worthy of study in their own right but also make important contributions to moral reflection today.

The Ethics of Aquinas

The Ethics of Aquinas

Author: Stephen J. Pope

Publisher: Georgetown University Press

ISBN: 0878408886

Category: Religion

Page: 516

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In this comprehensive anthology, twenty-seven outstanding scholars from North America and Europe address every major aspect of Thomas Aquinas's understanding of morality and comment on his remarkable legacy. The opening chapters of The Ethics of Aquinas introduce readers to the sources, methods, and major themes of Aquinas's ethics. Part II of the book provides an extended discussion of ideas in the Second Part of the Summa Theologiae, in which contributors present cogent interpretations of the structure, major arguments, and themes of each of the treatises. The third and final part examines the legacy of Thomistic ethics for the twentieth century and today. These essays reflect a diverse group of scholars representing a variety of intellectual perspectives. Contributors span numerous fields of study, including intellectual history, medieval studies, moral philosophy, religious ethics, and moral theology. This remarkable variety underscores how interpretations of Thomas's ethics continue to develop and evolve -- and stimulate fervent discussion within the academy and the church. Book jacket.

Natural Law

Natural Law

Author: Howard P. Kainz

Publisher: Open Court Publishing

ISBN: 0812694546

Category: Law

Page: 172

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Is there such a thing as an objective law of morality? Natural law theorists maintain that there is, and Natural Law probes the history and implications of this powerful concept. Tracing the development of natural law from ancient times to the present, the book also examines the leading figures, transitions, and turning points in the idea's evolution, and brings a natural law approach to contemporary issues such as abortion, homosexuality, and assisted suicide.

St. Thomas Aquinas and the Natural Law Tradition

St. Thomas Aquinas and the Natural Law Tradition

Author: John Goyette

Publisher: CUA Press

ISBN: 9780813213996

Category: Philosophy

Page: 337

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To explore and evaluate the current revival, this volume brings together many of the foremost scholars on natural law. They examine the relation between Thomistic natural law and the larger philosophical and theological tradition. Furthermore, they assess the contemporary relevance of St. Thomas's natural law doctrine to current legal and political philosophy.

Common Law and Natural Law in America

Common Law and Natural Law in America

Author: Andrew Forsyth

Publisher: Cambridge University Press

ISBN: 9781108476973

Category: Law

Page: 173

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Presents an ambitious narrative and fresh re-assessment of common law and natural law's varied interactions in America, 1630 to 1930.

Research Handbook on Natural Law Theory

Research Handbook on Natural Law Theory

Author: Jonathan Crowe

Publisher: Edward Elgar Publishing

ISBN: 9781788110044

Category: Law

Page: 464

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The Cambridge Companion to Judaism and Law

The Cambridge Companion to Judaism and Law

Author: Christine Hayes

Publisher: Cambridge University Press

ISBN: 9781107036154

Category: Law

Page: 439

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The Cambridge Companion to Judaism and Law provides a conceptual and historical account of the Jewish understanding of law.

Natural Law and Political Realism in the History of Political Thought: From the sophists to Machiavelli

Natural Law and Political Realism in the History of Political Thought: From the sophists to Machiavelli

Author: R. W. Dyson

Publisher: Peter Lang

ISBN: 0820478245

Category: Philosophy

Page: 362

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This is the first volume of a detailed history of the traditions of natural law and political realism in western political thought. It elucidates the ways in which the relation between politics and morality was understood by major thinkers from classical antiquity to the Renaissance. Emphasis is given not only to the exegesis of texts, but to the intellectual and historical contexts in which those texts must be read if they are to be properly understood. The second volume continues the analysis through the twenty-first century and addresses the question of whether the modern «natural law» rhetoric of human rights can be given a respectable philosophical basis. This two-volume set is a valuable resource for scholars working in the fields of history, international relations, philosophy, and politics.

Christian Ethics and Commonsense Morality

Christian Ethics and Commonsense Morality

Author: Kevin Jung

Publisher: Routledge

ISBN: 9781317555780

Category: Philosophy

Page: 210

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Christian Ethics and Commonsense Morality goes against the grain of various postmodern approaches to morality in contemporary religious ethics. In this book, Jung seeks to provide a new framework in which the nature of common Christian moral beliefs and practices can be given a new meaning. He suggests that, once major philosophical assumptions behind postmodern theories of morality are called into question, we may look at Christian morality in quite a different light. On his account, Christian morality is a historical morality insofar as it is rooted in the rich historical traditions of the Christian church. Yet this kind of historical dependence does not entail the evidential dependence of all moral beliefs on historical traditions. It is possible to argue for the epistemic autonomy of moral beliefs, according to which Christian and other moral beliefs can be justified independently of their historical sources. The particularity of Christian morality lies not in its particular historical sources that also function as the grounds of justification, but rather in its explanatory and motivational capacity to further articulate the kind of moral knowledge that is readily available to most human beings and to enable people to act upon their moral knowledge.

The Nature of Customary Law

The Nature of Customary Law

Author: Amanda Perreau-Saussine

Publisher: Cambridge University Press

ISBN: 9781139463218

Category: Law

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Some legal rules are not laid down by a legislator but grow instead from informal social practices. In contract law, for example, the customs of merchants are used by courts to interpret the provisions of business contracts; in tort law, customs of best practice are used by courts to define professional responsibility. Nowhere are customary rules of law more prominent than in international law. The customs defining the obligations of each State to other States and, to some extent, to its own citizens, are often treated as legally binding. However, unlike natural law and positive law, customary law has received very little scholarly analysis. To remedy this neglect, a distinguished group of philosophers, historians and lawyers has been assembled to assess the nature and significance of customary law. The book offers fresh insights on this neglected and misunderstood form of law.