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The Natural Moral Law
The Good after Modernity

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  • Date Published: May 2012
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  • isbn: 9781139368728

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  • The Natural Moral Law argues that the good can be known and that therefore the moral law, which serves as a basis for human choice, can be understood. Proceeding historically through ancient, modern, and postmodern thinkers, Owen Anderson studies beliefs about the good and how it is known, and how such beliefs shape claims about the moral law. The focal challenge is whether the skepticism of postmodern thinkers can be answered in a way that preserves knowledge claims about the good. Considering the failures of modern thinkers to correctly articulate reason and the good and how postmodern thinkers are responding to these failures, Anderson argues that there are identifiable patterns of thinking about what is good, some of which lead to false dichotomies. The book concludes with a consideration of how a moral law might look if the good is correctly identified.

    • Presents a philosophical and historical study of good and a philosophy that makes the good central
    • A study of postmodernism that takes its challenges seriously while also providing responses that do not simply go back to modernity
    • Considers how a moral law might look if the good is correctly identified
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    “Owen Anderson’s fine book advances the discussion of natural law in contemporary philosophy. One finds between its covers careful, rigorous thinking and lucid writing. It is a valuable contribution to the debate about moral reasoning.”
    -- Robert P. George, McCormick Professor of Jurisprudence, Princeton University

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    • Date Published: May 2012
    • format: Adobe eBook Reader
    • isbn: 9781139368728
    • availability: This ISBN is for an eBook version which is distributed on our behalf by a third party.
  • Table of Contents

    1. The postmodern challenge: from modernity to postmodernity
    2. Traditional natural law: differences in Aristotle and Aquinas
    3. Patterns in historical thinking about the good
    4. The challenge of modernity: religious wars and the need for universal law
    5. The challenges of naturalism: legal realism or natural law
    6. Objectivity without a metaphysical foundation
    7. Contemporary natural law: practical rationality and legal opinions
    8. Natural law as a theory with metaphysical baggage: postmodern law
    9. Natural law as the moral law
    10. Natural moral law in a postmodern world.

  • Author

    Owen Anderson, Arizona State University
    Owen Anderson is an Associate Professor at Arizona State University. He teaches philosophy and religious studies. His main classes are 'Philosophy of Religion', 'Ethics', 'Religion in America' and 'World Religious Traditions'. He is the author of Reason and Worldviews and The Clarity of God's Existence.

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