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Introduction

ROBERT P. GEORGE

in In Defense of Natural Law

Published in print February 1999 | ISBN: 9780198267713
Published online March 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780191683343 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198267713.003.0001
Introduction

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The book’s main concern is with the defense of natural law theory against criticism from various quarters and its application to problems at different levels of philosophical abstractness. The method used is primarily dialectical and the book proceeds by engaging arguments against the positions it seeks to defend and when possible, examines the arguments advanced by scholars who are critical of these positions. The book identifies plausible arguments against the view expressed here and tries to rebut these arguments, when that is not possible. The theory that the book defends and applies was originally adumbrated by Germain Grisez and substantially developed by the latter, often in formal or informal collaboration with Joseph M. Boyle, Jr., John Finnis, and others.

Keywords: Boyle; natural law theory; dialectical; arguments; Germain Grisez; Finnis

Chapter.  5798 words. 

Subjects: Jurisprudence and Philosophy of Law

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