In Defense of Natural Law Paperback – 5 Jul 2001
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These essays reveal George to be an honourable, passionate, and intelligent defender of a moral and political theory which, both in its foundations and its understanding of law and policy, presents liberalism with an opponent it cannot ignore. (David Archard, MIND 07/01/2000)
An impressive, sustained argument for the proposition that there are objective moral truths ... iluminating ... one need not agree with all of his responses to find the book instructive. (J. Budziszewski, University of Texas, Austin Philosophia Christi)
About the Author
Robert George is McCormick Professor of Jurisprudence at Princeton University. He is an former Presidential Appointee to the United States Commission on Human Rights, and has served as a Judicial Fellow at the Supreme Court of the United States
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George defends the neo-Thomistic view of natural law as refined by Messrs. Grisez, Finnis, and Boyle. This is not an uncontroversial stance. The core of the book is Chapter III, where the Grisez, Finnis, and Boyle version of natural law that George intends to defend is given. The book is rigorous and examines natural-law theory from variegated angles and various detractors, making close reading of dense argument necessary. The early chapters presuppose knowledge of natural law theory; thus, neophytes may profitably read Chapter III first. Chapter II is reserved for those already versed in natural law theory and want a examination of meta-ethics nuances.
I didn't like the way the naturalistic fallacy is handled (more "sidelined"), as if it is a minor point to a major premise. But George's defense of natural law theory avoids the fallacy (norms derived from facts) by using the Grisez, Finnis, and Boyle model, and succeeds in staying clear of metaphysical foundations. This caveat aside, I know of no better, one-volume, exhaustive, and sustained argument for natural law theory. It's dizzying reading, and even if inevitably unconvincing, generally worthwhile.
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