Contemporary Perspectives on Natural Law: Natural Law as a Limiting Concept

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Ana Marta González
Ashgate Publishing, Ltd., 2008 - 322 Seiten
Resort to natural law is one way of conveying the philosophical conviction that moral norms are not merely conventional rules. Accordingly, the notion of natural law has a clear metaphysical dimension, since it involves the recognition that human beings do not conceive themselves as sheer products of society and history. And yet, if natural law is to be considered the fundamental law of practical reason, it must show also some intrinsic relationship to history and positive law. The essays in this book examine this tension between the metaphysical and the practical and how the philosophical elaboration of natural law presents this notion as a limiting-concept, between metaphysics and ethics, between the mutable and the immutable; between is and ought, and, in connection with the latter, even the tension between politics and eschatology as a double horizon of ethics.
 

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The Concept of Natural Law
9
Natural Law as a Limiting Concept A Reading of Thomas Aquinas
11
Historical Studies
27
Natural Law and the Human City
29
The Formal Fundament of Natural Law in the Golden Age The case of Vázquez and Suárez
43
Natural Law Without Metaphysics A Protestant Tradition
67
Natural Law and Obligation in Hutcheson and Kant
87
Spontaneity and the Law of Nature Leibniz and Precritical Kant
105
First Principles and Practical Philosophy
175
The Relativity of Goodness A Prolegomenon to a Rapprochement between Virtue Ethics and Natural Law Theory
187
Does the Naturalistic Fallacy Reach Natural Law?
201
Human Universality and Natural Law
211
Natural Law and Science
227
Difficulties for Natural Law Based on Modern Conceptions of Nature
229
Evolution Semiosis and Ethics Rethinking the Context of Natural Law
241
Teleology Inorganic and Organic
259

Kants Conception of Natural Right
121
The Right of Freedom regarding Nature in Hegels Philosophy of Right
141
Controversial Issues about Natural Law
159
Natural Law and Practical Philosophy The Presence of a Theological Concept in Moral Knowledge
161
The Unrelinquishability of Teleology
281
Index of Names
297
Index of Subjects
305
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Ana Marta González is Vice-Chair of the Department of Philosophy at the University of Navarra, Spain.

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