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The Cambridge Companion to Natural Law Ethics

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Tom Angier, Philipp Brüllmann, Steven Jensen, Johan Olsthoorn, Patrick Lee, Jennifer Frey, Tamar Rudavsky, Tracey Rowland, Jennifer Herdt, Anver Emon, Jacqueline Laing, Samuel Gregg, Christopher Wolfe, Sophie Grace Chappell, Edward Feser
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  • Date Published: December 2019
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  • format: Paperback
  • isbn: 9781108435611

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  • Natural law ethics centres on the idea that ethical norms derive from human nature. The field has seen a remarkable revival since the millennium, with new work in Aristotelian metaphysics complementing innovative applied work in bioethics, economics and political theory. Starting with three chapters on the history of natural law ethics, this volume moves on to various twentieth-century theoretical innovations in the tradition, and then to natural law as embedded in the three Abrahamic faiths. It closes with sections on applied natural law ethics and the challenges and prospects for natural law ethics in the twenty-first century. Uniquely interdisciplinary and written without technical jargon, the book will be of great interest to students and researchers in philosophy, theology, political theory and economics. They will find this the go-to resource for cutting-edge thinking in natural law ethics.

    • Provides a single, up-to-date collection of the best current thinking on natural law ethics
    • Addresses challenging questions from a practical perspective, while avoiding technical language
    • Explores topics that will be of interest to historians, theologians, economists and political theorists, as well as philosophers
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    Reviews & endorsements

    ‘… all the essays are strong, several merit special attention … This is a superb collection for specialists.’ W. P. Haggerty, Choice

    ‘This collection of essays makes a solid contribution to studies in natural law ethics. The authors capably cover a wide swath of philosophical, historical, and thematic ground.’ Daniel A. Morris, Journal of Moral Theology

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    • Date Published: December 2019
    • format: Paperback
    • isbn: 9781108435611
    • length: 356 pages
    • dimensions: 227 x 152 x 19 mm
    • weight: 0.5kg
    • availability: In stock
  • Table of Contents

    Introduction Tom Angier
    Part I. The History of Natural Law Ethics:
    1. The stoics Philipp Brüllmann
    2. Thomas Aquinas Steven Jensen
    3. Grotius and Pufendorf Johan Olsthoorn
    Part II. The Revival of Natural Law Ethics:
    4. The new natural law theory Patrick Lee
    5. Neo-Aristotelian ethical naturalism Jennifer Frey
    Part III. Natural Law Ethics and Religion:
    6. Natural law in Judaism Tamar Rudavsky
    7. Natural law in Catholic Christianity Tracey Rowland
    8. Natural law in Protestant Christianity Jennifer Herdt
    9. Natural law in Islam Anver Emon
    Part IV. Applied Natural Law Ethics:
    10. Bioethics and natural law Jacqueline Laing
    11. Economics and natural law Samuel Gregg
    12. Political theory and natural law Christopher Wolfe
    Part V. Natural Law Ethics: Challenges and Prospects:
    13. Challenges facing natural law ethics Sophie Grace Chappell
    14. Natural law ethics and the revival of Aristotelian metaphysics Edward Feser
    15. Prospects for natural law ethics in the twenty-first century Tom Angier
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  • Editor

    Tom Angier, University of Cape Town
    Tom Angier is Senior Lecturer in Philosophy at the University of Cape Town. In addition to many journal papers, his recent publications include two edited volumes: Virtue Ethics (2018) and The History of Evil (2018). He is the author of Natural Law Theory in Cambridge's Elements in Ethics series (Cambridge, forthcoming).


    Tom Angier, Philipp Brüllmann, Steven Jensen, Johan Olsthoorn, Patrick Lee, Jennifer Frey, Tamar Rudavsky, Tracey Rowland, Jennifer Herdt, Anver Emon, Jacqueline Laing, Samuel Gregg, Christopher Wolfe, Sophie Grace Chappell, Edward Feser

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