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Foundations of Natural Morality : On the Compatibility of Natural Rights and the Natural Law (Reprint)
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Recent decades have seen a renaissance of interest in the idea of natural law, as well as in the idea of natural rights, an early modern concept that has served as a conceptual lightning rod either connecting or separating traditional natural law theory and the contemporary idea of human rights. Is the concept of natural rights built on the foundations of natural law? Or is it instead rooted in the modern idea of human autonomy that is in fact a rejection of natural law? Adam Seagrave’s ambitious book proposes to resolve this controversy by offering an entirely new account of natural morality that compellingly unites the concepts of natural rights and natural law. He agrees with Leo Strauss (and many, more liberal, theorists) that the idea of natural rights is a distinctly modern one and the idea of the natural law, a distinctly classical and medieval one. However, contra Strauss (and others), he argues that despite their distinctness in terms of historical origin and logical derivation, these two ideas are profoundly compatible with one another. For Seagrave, the thought of John Locke and St. Thomas Aquinas provide the keys to reconciling these two approaches, so that they form a coherent concept of natural morality. Not only does this concept provide a new way to understand the political philosophical tradition, it also, as Seagrave demonstrates in the final chapter, illuminates how we should approach contemporary issues such as universal health care, same sex marriage, and the death penalty as well.
Number of Pages: 174
Genre: Philosophy, Political Science
Publisher: Univ of Chicago Pr
Author: S. Adam Seagrave
Street Date: July 11, 2016
Item Number (DPCI): 248-35-6466
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