Debating Medieval Natural Law: A Survey

2017.02.21 : View this Review Online | View Recent NDPR Reviews Riccardo Saccenti, Debating Medieval Natural Law: A Survey, University of Notre Dame Press, 2016, 155pp., $45.00 (hbk), ISBN
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2017.02.21 : View this Review Online | View Recent NDPR Reviews Riccardo Saccenti, Debating Medieval Natural Law: A Survey, University of Notre Dame Press, 2016, 155pp., $45.00 (hbk), ISBN 9780268100407. Reviewed by Steven J. Jensen, University of St. Thomas, Houston Some time between the twelfth century and the modern era a divide seems to have arisen between natural law and natural right. Natural law emphasizes rules to be followed, while natural right emphasizes some aspect of a person by which he has dominion over himself and by which he makes claims upon others. My right to liberty, for instance, implies that I can do with myself as I please, just so long as I do not harm others, that is, just so long as I do not impinge upon the "rights" of others. On the other hand, natural law tells me how I should act and sets limits to my behavior. The difference between law and right, it seems, could hardly be more distant.... Read More

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