Ius Gentium: Comparative Perspectives on Law and Justice

The Threads of Natural Law

Unravelling a Philosophical Tradition

Editors: Contreras, Francisco José (Ed.)

  • Revisits key moments in intellectual and social history, with an eye to extracting valuable lessons for ideological conflicts in the present 
  • A timely work that enables moral and legal dialogue between traditions holding apparently clashing world-views such as at present
  • Highlights why Natural Law repeatedly furnished human beings with a shared grammar in times of moral and cultural crisis
  • Has close connections with current discussions on cultural relativism, bioethics, etc ​
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The notion of “natural law” has repeatedly furnished human beings with a shared grammar in times of moral and cultural crisis. Stoic natural law, for example, emerged precisely when the Ancient World lost the Greek polis, which had been the point of reference for Plato's and Aristotle's political philosophy. In key moments such as this, natural law has enabled moral and legal dialogue between peoples and traditions holding apparently clashing world-views. This volume revisits some of these key moments in intellectual and social history, partly with an eye to extracting valuable lessons for ideological conflicts in the present and perhaps near future. The contributions to this volume discuss both historical and contemporary schools of natural law. Topics on historical schools of natural law include: how Aristotelian theory of rules paved the way for the birth of the idea of "natural law"; the idea's first mature account in Cicero's work; the tension between two rival meanings of “man’s rational nature” in Aquinas’ natural law theory; and the scope of Kant’s allusions to “natural law”. Topics on contemporary natural law schools include: John Finnis's and Germain Grisez's “new natural law theory”; natural law theories in a "broader" sense, such as Adolf Reinach’s legal phenomenology; Ortega y Gasset’s and Scheler’s “ethical perspectivism”; the natural law response to Kelsen’s conflation of democracy and moral relativism; natural law's role in 20th century international law doctrine; Ronald Dworkin’s understanding of law as “a branch of political morality”; and Alasdair Macintyre’s "virtue"-based approach to natural law.​

Table of contents (14 chapters)

  • Aristotle on Practical Rules, Universality, and the Law

    Vega, Jesús

    Pages 1-25

  • Cosmopolitanism and Natural Law in Cicero

    Alonso, Fernando Llano

    Pages 27-36

  • Natural Law: Autonomous or Heteronomous? The Thomistic Perspective

    Poole, Diego

    Pages 37-45

  • The Competing Sources of Aquinas’ Natural Law: Aristotle, Roman Law and the Early Christian Fathers

    Taitslin, Anna

    Pages 47-63

  • God and Natural Law: Reflections on Genesis 22

    Levering, Matthew

    Pages 65-83

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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
The Threads of Natural Law
Book Subtitle
Unravelling a Philosophical Tradition
Editors
  • Francisco José Contreras
Series Title
Ius Gentium: Comparative Perspectives on Law and Justice
Series Volume
22
Copyright
2013
Publisher
Springer Netherlands
Copyright Holder
Springer Science+Business Media Dordrecht.
eBook ISBN
978-94-007-5656-4
DOI
10.1007/978-94-007-5656-4
Hardcover ISBN
978-94-007-5655-7
Softcover ISBN
978-94-017-8047-6
Series ISSN
1534-6781
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
XXII, 242
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