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Reason, Religion, and Natural Law

Edited by Jonathan A. Jacobs

Published in print October 2012 | ISBN: 9780199767175
Published online January 2013 | e-ISBN: 9780199979592 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199767175.001.0001
Reason, Religion, and Natural Law

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This book combines historical scholarship with conceptual analysis focusing on the ways in which theological considerations have figured in natural law theorizing from Plato to Spinoza. Theological considerations have had a pronounced role in Thomistic natural law theorizing but much remains to explore concerning both Aquinas and other key figures in the long and complex history of natural law theorizing overall. The chapters in this book examine the relation between conceptions of natural law and theistic claims and principles, explicating the variety of those conceptions and relations in crucial periods prior to modern era. They articulate diverse ways in which natural law has been understood and the diverse ways in which theistic claims have been related to claims about the objectivity and rationality of principles of natural law. In addition to exploring Plato and the Stoics, the volume also looks at medieval Jewish thought, Aquinas, Scotus, and Ockham, and the ways in which Spinoza's thought includes resonances of earlier views and intimations of later developments. These chapters enlarge the scope of the discussion of natural law through study of how the naturalness of natural law has often been related to theses of philosophical theology. The latter are often crucial elements of natural law theorizing, having an integral role in accounting for the metaethical status and ethical bindingness of natural law. Questions of the relation between natural law and God, and the relation between natural law and divine command have been answered in a multiplicity of ways by key figures in the history of natural law theorizing. These chapters draw attention to important elements of natural law theorizing, according them the explanatory significance they deserve.

Keywords: metaethics; natural law; objectivity; rationality; eudaimonism; right reason; voluntarism

Book.  304 pages. 

Subjects: Philosophy of Religion

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