Natural Law Theory

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Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationA Companion to the Philosophy of Law and Legal Theory
Subtitle of host publicationSecond edition
EditorsDennis Patterson
Place of PublicationOxford, UK
Number of pages19
ISBN (Print)9781405170062
StatePublished - 2010


  • "Traditional" natural law theory-arguments for existence of a "higher law"
  • "traditional natural law theory" and "modern natural law theory"
  • Aquinas's four different laws-the eternal law, natural law, divine law, and human (positive) law
  • Contemporary schools and perspectives
  • Differences between right and wrong-cannot be drawn at level of basic goods
  • Finnis, moving from basic goods to moral choices-series of intermediate principles
  • Natural law in early modern Europe
  • Natural law theory-long and distinguished history
  • Ronald Dworkin, influential English-language legal theorist
  • Traditional approach to natural law and Thomas Aquinas

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