Nature, Law, and Natural Law

Terence H. Irwin

in The Oxford Handbook of the History of Ethics

Published in print January 2013 | ISBN: 9780199545971
Published online April 2013 | | DOI:

Series: Oxford Handbooks in Philosophy

Nature, Law, and Natural Law

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This chapter analyses various theories of natural law. The discussions cover meta-ethical objections to natural law theory; the views of Mills and Hobbes; a holistic and teleological conception of nature; nature and the precepts of natural law; nature and human good; natural sociality and morality; a defence of naturalism; a voluntarist conception of natural law; an objection to and defence of voluntarism; and natural morality without natural law.

Keywords: naturalism; Mills; Hobbes; morality; sociality; human good; voluntarism

Article.  11472 words. 

Subjects: Philosophy ; Moral Philosophy ; Philosophy of Law

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