John J. Coughlin

in Law, Person, and Community

Published in print March 2012 | ISBN: 9780199756773
Published online May 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780199932177 | DOI:

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This introductory chapter begins by presenting the rationale behind the study of such a seemingly esoteric subject as the theory of canon law. It reviews the approach to knowledge developed by the medieval canonists. It then discusses what that study of the theory of canon law might tell us about the nature of law, what it means to be human, and the worldwide religious community known as the Catholic Church. An overview of the subsequent chapters is also presented.

Keywords: theory of canon law; medieval canonists; knowledge; law; person; Catholic Church

Chapter.  4793 words. 

Subjects: Jurisprudence and Philosophy of Law

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