Book Details

This, the earliest of my books on natural law, is most often used as a textbook for undergraduates with a special interest in political philosophy. Three chapters deal with the foremost pagan natural law thinker, three with the foremost Christian natural law thinker, three with the natural law revisionist who most strongly influenced the American framers, and three with one of the most influential modern opponents of natural law.  The final three chapters bring us to the present.

ARISTOTLE

  1. Politics and the Human Good
  2. Moral Excellence and Regime Design
  3. Friendship, Justice, and the Moral Significance of Law

THOMAS AQUINAS

  1. The Grand Design of Law
  2. The Law of Nature and the Law of Man
  3. Human Law and Regime Design

JOHN LOCKE

  1. The State of Nature and the Social Contract
  2. Two Views of Natural Law
  3. Private Property and Revolution

JOHN STUART MILL

  1. The Pleasure Principle
  2. The Problem with the Pleasure Principle
  3. Utility and Justice

INTERMEZZO:    The Art of Teaching

WRITTEN ON THE HEART

  1. A Christian Appraisal of Natural Law Theory
  2. A Reprise of the Older Thinkers
  3. A Sampling of Recent Thinkers

Appendix:    Elementary Reasoning