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Human Values
New Essays on Ethics and Natural Law
 
 
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20 Oct 2004
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Natural law theory says that humans can only live well if they recognise the goods that are natural for humans, and understand how those goods generate the system of practical guidance that we call morality. Natural law is a long-established and flourishing ethical tradition, with roots in Aristotle and Aquinas, which is increasingly recognised as a worthy competitor to Kantianism, utilitarianism and virtue ethics. The new essays in this collection represent the latest thinking - both constructive and critical - of some of the most important thinkers in the field. And they reflect the growing influence, sophistication, and importance of natural law theory within contemporary ethical debate.


Description

Natural law theory says that humans can only live well if they recognise the goods that are natural for humans, and understand how those goods generate the system of practical guidance that we call morality. Natural law is a long-established and flourishing ethical tradition, with roots in Aristotle and Aquinas, which is increasingly recognised as a worthy competitor to Kantianism, utilitarianism and virtue ethics. The new essays in this collection represent the latest thinking - both constructive and critical - of some of the most important thinkers in the field. And they reflect the growing influence, sophistication, and importance of natural law theory within contemporary ethical debate.


Contents

"Our natural guide...": Conscience, 'Nature', and Moral Experience; J.Cottingham
Basic Goods, Practical Insight, and External Reasons; C.Tollefsen
The Fact/Value Distinction; C.Martin
Incommensurability and Basic Goods: A Tension in the New Natural Law Theory; H.S.Richardson
The Polymorphy of Practical Reason; T.Chappell
The Structure and Content of the Good; D.S.Oderberg
Harming and Wronging: The Importance of Normative Context; S.Uniacke
Law, Liberalism, and the Common Good; J.Laing
'Double Effect' or Practical Wisdom?; G.J.Hughes
Beyond Double Effect: Side Effects and Bodily Harm; H.Watt
Intention, Foresight, and Success; M.C.Murphy




Authors

DAVID S. ODERBERG is Professor of Philosophy at the University of Reading, UK. He is the author of many articles in metaphysics, ethics, philosophical logic and other subjects. Among other books, he is the author of Moral Theory: A Non-Consequentialist Approach (2000) and Applied Ethics: A Non-Consequentialist Approach (2000), as well as co-editor with Jacqueline A. Laing of Human Lives: Critical Essays on Non-Consequentialist Bioethics (1997).

TIMOTHY CHAPPELL is currently Senior Lecturer in Philosophy at the University of Dundee, UK. He has also taught at the universities of Oxford, East Anglia, Manchester and British Columbia, and been a Visiting Scholar in Classics at the University of St Andrews. He is the author of Understanding Human Goods (1998), The Plato Reader (1996) and Aristotle and Augustine on Freedom (Macmillan, 1995). He has also edited the collection, The Philosophy of the Environment (1997) and has two forthcoming books, Reading Plato's Theaetetus and Western Philosophy: The Inescapable Self.