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Human Flourishing as a Criterion of Morality: A Critique of Perry’s Naturalism

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/9780198267713.003.0015
Human Flourishing as a Criterion of Morality: A Critique of Perry’s Naturalism

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This chapter explores and criticizes a view of the nature of practical reasoning and moral judgment that profoundly differs from, yet is easily confused with, the natural law view. Michael Perry, in his book Morality, Politics, and Law, defended the former view and is ably set forth in the book. It understands ‘human flourishing’ as a criterion of morality like the natural law view. It rejects the ‘incommensurability’ of the basic practical principles which direct choice and action toward those intelligible purposes (‘basic human goods’) that constitute the most fundamental aspects of human flourishing.

Keywords: practical reasoning; moral judgment; natural law; human flourishing; morality; Michael Perry

Chapter.  7805 words. 

Subjects: Jurisprudence and Philosophy of Law

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