Clarifying the Natural Law Thesis
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
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.
Number of Pages in PDF File: 23
Keywords: Natural law, conceptual analysis, invalidity, defectiveness, Finnis, Alexy, Murphy, Fuller, Moore
Date posted: November 20, 2012
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