Natural Law and Practical Rationality
By (author) Mark C. Murphy
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Natural Law and Practical Rationality by Mark C. Murphy
Book DescriptionNatural law theory has been undergoing a revival, especially in political philosophy and jurisprudence. Yet, most fundamentally, natural law theory is not a political theory, but a moral theory, or more accurately a theory of practical rationality. According to the natural law account of practical rationality, the basic reasons for actions are basic goods that are grounded in the nature of human beings. Practical rationality aims to identify and characterize reasons for action and to explain how choice between actions worth performing can be appropriately governed by rational standards. These standards are justified by reference to features of the human goods that are the fundamental reasons for action. This book is a defence of a contemporary natural law theory of practical rationality, demonstrating its inherent plausibility and engaging systematically with rival egoist, consequentialist, Kantian and virtue accounts.
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Book DetailsISBN: 9780521802291
(228mm x 152mm x 21mm)
Imprint: Cambridge University Press
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Publish Date: 11-Jun-2001
Country of Publication: United Kingdom
Books By Author Mark C. Murphy
God and Moral Law, Hardback (November 2011)
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Natural Law in Jurisprudence and Politics, Paperback (January 2009)
This 2006 book argues that the central thesis of natural law jurisprudence sets the agenda for political philosophy.
Natural Law and Practical Rationality, Paperback (August 2007)
A defense of a contemporary natural law theory of practical rationality.
Philosophy of Law, Hardback (August 2006)» View all books by Mark C. Murphy
The Philosophy of Law is a broad-reaching text that guides readers through the basic analytical and normative issues in the field, highlighting key historical and contemporary thinkers and offering a unified treatment of the various issues in the philosophy of law.
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