Canon Law and Natural Law

John J. Coughlin

in Law, Person, and Community

Published in print March 2012 | ISBN: 9780199756773
Published online May 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780199932177 | DOI:
Canon Law and Natural Law

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This chapter discusses the function of natural law as a dimension of the anthropological foundation of canon law. It focuses on the so-called new natural law theory, which has been developed by, inter alia, Germain Grisez, John Finnis, and Robert George. The discussion concerns the following: human nature as the foundation of law, the naturalistic fallacy, and the response of the new natural law theorists; the role of natural law in shaping the fundamental law of the church; and the relation between the natural and theological foundations of natural law.

Keywords: natural law theory; anthropological foundation; canon law; naturalistic fallacy; law of the church

Chapter.  9509 words. 

Subjects: Jurisprudence and Philosophy of Law

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