The Foundations of Natural Morality: On the Compatibility of Natural Rights and the Natural Law

2015.10.07 : View this Review Online | View Recent NDPR Reviews S. Adam Seagrave, The Foundations of Natural Morality: On the Compatibility of Natural Rights and the Natural Law, University of
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2015.10.07 : View this Review Online | View Recent NDPR Reviews S. Adam Seagrave, The Foundations of Natural Morality: On the Compatibility of Natural Rights and the Natural Law, University of Chicago Press, 2014, 174pp., $35.00 (hbk), ISBN 9780226123431. Reviewed by Andrew Pinsent, University of Oxford A premise of S. Adam Seagrave is that there are two antecedent schools of thought regarding the relationship between the modern concept of natural rights and the traditional concept of natural law. On one hand, there is the 'continuity-compatibility position' (5), with natural rights "being derived from and constituting a kind of corollary to the medieval ideas of the natural law" (2). From a variety of perspectives, this position is associated with Jacques Maritain, John Finnis, Brian Tierney, Christopher Wolfe, and to some extent Richard Tuck and Francis Oakley. On the other hand, there is the 'discontinuity-incompatibility position' (14), according to which natural. . .

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