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Natural Law: Reflections on Theory and Practice [Paperback]

By Jacques Maritain (Author), William Sweet (Editor) & William Sweet (Introduction by)
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Can there be universal moral principles in a culturally and religiously diverse world? Are such principles provided by a theory of natural law? Jacques response to both questions is "yes".

These essays, selected from the writings of one of the most influential philosophers of the past hundred years, provide a clear statement of Maritain's theory of natural law and natural rights. Maritain's ethics and political philosophy occupies a middle ground between the extremes of individualism and collectivism. Written during a period when cultural diversity and pluralism were beginning to have an impact on ethics and politics, these essays provide a defense of natural law and natural right that continues to be timely.

The first essay introduces Maritain's theory of connatural knowledge -- knowledge by inclination -- that lies at the basis of his distinctive views on moral philosophy, aesthetics, and mystical belief. The second essay gives Maritain's principal metaphysical arguments for natural law as well as his account of how that law can be naturally known and universally held.

The third essay in this collection explains the roots of the natural law and shows how it provides a rational foundation for other kinds of law and for human rights. In the fourth essay, reflecting his personalism and integral humanism, Maritain indicates how he extends his understanding of human rights to include the rights of the civic and of the social or working person.

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Item Specifications...

Studio: St. Augustine's Press
Pages   106
Est. Packaging Dimensions:   Length: 8.35" Width: 5.39" Height: 0.29"
Weight:   0.35 lbs.
Binding  Softcover
Release Date   Apr 6, 2001
Publisher   St. Augustine's Press
ISBN  189031868X  
ISBN13  9781890318680  

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More About Jacques Maritain & William Sweet

Register your artisan biography and upload your photo! Jacques Maritain was born in Paris in 1882. A convert to Catholicism, he was professor at the Medieval Institute of Studies of Toronto and at Princeton University. He was French Ambassador to the Vatican from 1945-48 and received the Grand Prix de Litt rature de l'Acad mie fran aise in 1961.

Jacques Maritain was born in 1882 and died in 1973.

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One of the best if not the best  Oct 26, 2002
Maritain has a goldmine of information in this little book for those interested in the tradtional view of Natural Law. I have read several books on the Natural Law, some very good ones, but they all left me with a feeling of incompleteness. Maritain does not do this, he fills the gap here and covers an immense amount of ground in such a short space. Worthy of special mention is the relationship of human rights to the Natural Law and how rights must be founded on it - for without Natural Law there is no true obligation.

I highly recommend this book to anyone interested in the moral and political applications of Natural Law.


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