Knowing the Natural Law: From Precepts and Inclinations to Deriving Oughts

2015.10.08 : View this Review Online | View Recent NDPR Reviews Steven J. Jensen, Knowing the Natural Law: From Precepts and Inclinations to Deriving Oughts, Catholic University of America
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2015.10.08 : View this Review Online | View Recent NDPR Reviews Steven J. Jensen, Knowing the Natural Law: From Precepts and Inclinations to Deriving Oughts, Catholic University of America Press, 2015, 238pp., $34.95 (pbk), ISBN 9780813227337. Reviewed by Anthony J. Lisska, Denison University Over a quarter of a century ago, Martin Golding -- possibly one of the first American analytic philosophers to take natural law theory seriously -- wrote that one of the more surprising events in moral and legal philosophy was the resurgence of natural law theory. Of course, Elizabeth Anscombe's essay in Philosophy (1958) "Modern Moral Philosophy" did some of the spadework necessary to get natural law theory to float once again in the canals of secular academe. Natural law theory did hold a dominant place in many Roman Catholic seminaries and colleges, but this firm hold was mostly uncritical and often not attuned to contemporary moral and legal problems. In the legal arena, H. L.. . .

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