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Natural Law in Jurisprudence and Politics

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Part of Cambridge Studies in Philosophy and Law

  • Date Published: January 2009
  • availability: Available
  • format: Paperback
  • isbn: 9780521108089

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  • Natural law is a perennial though poorly represented and understood issue in political philosophy and the philosophy of law. In this 2006 book, Mark C. Murphy argues that the central thesis of natural law jurisprudence - that law is backed by decisive reasons for compliance - sets the agenda for natural law political philosophy, demonstrating how law gains its binding force by way of the common good of the political community. Murphy's work ranges over the central questions of natural law jurisprudence and political philosophy, including the formulation and defense of the natural law jurisprudential thesis, the nature of the common good, the connection between the promotion of the common good and requirement of obedience to law, and the justification of punishment.

    • Provides novel defences of perennial but under-represented views in legal and political philosophy
    • Reformulates some of the central debates in legal and political theory
    • Engages with the most influential recent work in philosophy of law and political philosophy
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    • Date Published: January 2009
    • format: Paperback
    • isbn: 9780521108089
    • length: 208 pages
    • dimensions: 229 x 152 x 12 mm
    • weight: 0.31kg
    • availability: Available
  • Table of Contents

    Introduction
    1. Natural law jurisprudence formulated
    2. Natural law jurisprudence defended
    3. The common good
    4. The natural law rejection of consent theory
    5. A constant theory of the authority of law
    6. The authority of law and legal punishment
    7. Beneath and beyond the common good.

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    Mark C. Murphy, Georgetown University, Washington DC
    Mark C. Murphy is Professor of Philosophy at Georgetown University. He is the author of Natural Law and Practical Rationality, An Essay on Divine Authority, and Philosophy of Law, and is editor of Alasdair MacIntyre.

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