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Clarifying the Natural Law Thesis


Jonathan Crowe


The University of Queensland - T.C. Beirne School of Law

November 20, 2012

Australian Journal of Legal Philosophy, Vol. 37, pp. 159-181, 2012
University of Queensland TC Beirne School of Law Research Paper No. 13-02

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The core claims of natural law jurisprudence have been expressed in many different ways. One useful way of understanding the tradition, however, is through reference to what Mark Murphy has called the natural law thesis: law is necessarily a rational standard for conduct. This article seeks to clarify the natural law thesis by distinguishing several different versions that appear in the philosophical literature. It then identifies three possible routes to the thesis and considers which versions of the claim they are best understood as targeting.

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Keywords: Natural law, conceptual analysis, invalidity, defectiveness, Finnis, Alexy, Murphy, Fuller, Moore

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Date posted: November 20, 2012  

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Crowe, Jonathan, Clarifying the Natural Law Thesis (November 20, 2012). Australian Journal of Legal Philosophy, Vol. 37, pp. 159-181, 2012; University of Queensland TC Beirne School of Law Research Paper No. 13-02. Available at SSRN: http://ssrn.com/abstract=2178290

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The University of Queensland - T.C. Beirne School of Law ( email )
The University of Queensland
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4072 Brisbane, Queensland 4072
Australia
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