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Natural Law and Human Nature

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/9780198267713.003.0004
Natural Law and Human Nature

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This chapter aims to show that, contrary to what the critics claim, the natural law theory advanced by Grisez and his collaborators does not entail the proposition that basic human good or moral norms have no connection to, or grounding in, human nature. The chapter further shows that Grisez and his followers are correct in maintaining that our knowledge of basic human goods and moral norms need not, and logically cannot, be deduced, inferred or (in any sense that a logician would recognize) derived from facts about human nature.

Keywords: natural law; Grisez; moral norms; human nature

Chapter.  3979 words. 

Subjects: Jurisprudence and Philosophy of Law

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