John Finnis

University of Oxford

University College

Oxford, OX1 4BH

United Kingdom

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1.

What is the Philosophy of Law?

Rivista di Filosofia del Diritto 1 (2012) 67-78, Notre Dame Legal Studies Paper No. 12-67, Oxford Legal Studies Research Paper No. 45/2012
Number of pages: 12 Posted: 18 Jul 2012 Last Revised: 09 Aug 2012
John Finnis
University of Oxford
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philosophy of law, jurisprudence, general principles of law, positivism, natural law theory

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Marriage: A Basic and Exigent Good

The Monist, Vol. 91, pp. 388-406, 2008, Notre Dame Legal Studies Paper No. 09-13
Number of pages: 19 Posted: 22 Apr 2009
John Finnis
University of Oxford
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marriage, intrinsic good, basic human good, sexuality, divorce, natural law

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On 'Public Reason'

Notre Dame Legal Studies Paper No. 06-37, Oxford Legal Studies Research Paper No. 1/2007
Number of pages: 21 Posted: 11 Jan 2007
John Finnis
University of Oxford
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public reason, freedom of religious belief and practice, legal philosophy, Habermas, discourse ethics, rule of law

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Philosophy of Law: Introduction

John M. Finnis, PHILOSOPHY OF LAW: COLLECTED ESSAYS VOLUME IV, Oxford: OUP, 2011, Oxford Legal Studies Research Paper No. 30/2011, Notre Dame Legal Studies Paper No. 11-32
Number of pages: 20 Posted: 24 May 2011 Last Revised: 19 Aug 2011
John Finnis
University of Oxford
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philosophy of law, moral and political philosophy, theology, religious ethics, Catholic Church

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On Hart's Ways: Law as Reason and as Fact

Oxford Legal Studies Research Paper No. 07/2008, Notre Dame Legal Studies Paper No. 08-06, American Journal of Jurisprudence, Vol. 52, pp. 25-53, 2007, THE LEGACY OF H.L.A. HART, Matthew Kramer, ed., Oxford University Press, 2008
Number of pages: 33 Posted: 04 Mar 2008
John Finnis
University of Oxford
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Religion and State: Some Main Issues and Sources

American Journal of Jurisprudence, Vol. 51, 2006, Notre Dame Legal Studies Paper No. 06-34, Oxford Legal Studies Research Paper No. 48/2006
Number of pages: 31 Posted: 09 Nov 2006
John Finnis
University of Oxford
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Religion, religious liberty, discrimination between religions, public reason

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Grounds of Law and Legal Theory: A Response

Legal Theory, Vol. 13, pp. 315-344, 2008, Oxford Legal Studies Research Paper No. 6/2008
Number of pages: 37 Posted: 19 Feb 2008 Last Revised: 28 Mar 2008
John Finnis
University of Oxford
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H.L.A. Hart: A Twentieth-Century Oxford Political Philosopher

Oxford Legal Studies Research Paper No. 30/2009, Notre Dame Legal Studies Paper No. 09-40
Number of pages: 20 Posted: 24 Sep 2009 Last Revised: 18 Oct 2009
John Finnis
University of Oxford
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Human Rights and Common Good: Introduction

John M. Finnis, HUMAN RIGHTS AND COMMON GOOD: COLLECTED ESSAYS VOLUME III, Oxford: OUP, 2011, Oxford Legal Studies Research Paper No. 29/2011, Notre Dame Legal Studies Paper No. 11-32
Number of pages: 17 Posted: 24 May 2011 Last Revised: 19 Aug 2011
John Finnis
University of Oxford
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philosophy of law, moral and political philosophy, theology, religious ethics, Catholic Church

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Endorsing Discrimination between Faiths: A Case of Extreme Speech?

Oxford Legal Studies Research Paper No. 09/2008, Extreme Speech and Democracy, Forthcoming, Notre Dame Legal Studies Paper No. 08-08, Islamic Law and Law of the Muslim World No. 08-16
Number of pages: 15 Posted: 05 Mar 2008 Last Revised: 24 Mar 2015
John Finnis
University of Oxford
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Justified discrimination, religion, faiths, shariah, immigration, speech, Begum, Refah Partisi, human rights litigation

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Common Law Constraints: Whose Common Good Counts?

Oxford Legal Studies Research Paper No. 10/2008
Number of pages: 19 Posted: 05 Mar 2008
John Finnis
University of Oxford
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Nationality, Alienage and Constitutional Principle

Oxford Legal Studies Research Paper No. 08/2008, Law Quarterly Review, Vol. 123, pp. 417-445, July 2007, Notre Dame Legal Studies Paper No. 08-07
Number of pages: 34 Posted: 04 Mar 2008 Last Revised: 27 Mar 2008
John Finnis
University of Oxford
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Universality, Personal and Social Identity, and Law

Oxford Legal Studies Research Paper No. 05/2008
Number of pages: 28 Posted: 17 Feb 2008
John Finnis
University of Oxford
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Indictability of Early Abortion c. 1868

Number of pages: 77 Posted: 15 Oct 2021
John Finnis and Robert George
University of Oxford and Princeton University
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Fourteenth Amendment, quickness, persons, indictability

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Anscombe's Essays

National Catholic Bioethics Quarterly, Vol. 9, pp. 199-207, 2009, Notre Dame Legal Studies Paper No. 09-10
Number of pages: 16 Posted: 22 Apr 2009
John Finnis
University of Oxford
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Anscombe, faith, Catholic philosophy

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Why Religious Liberty is a Special, Important and Limited Right

Notre Dame Legal Studies Paper No. 09-11
Number of pages: 19 Posted: 22 Apr 2009
John Finnis
University of Oxford
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religious liberty, free exercise, liberty, religion, freedom of religion

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Equality and Differences

The H.L.A. Hart Memorial Lecture in the University of Oxford, June 2011, Oxford Legal Studies Research Paper No. 72/2012, Notre Dame Legal Studies Paper No. 12-82
Number of pages: 27 Posted: 25 Nov 2012 Last Revised: 07 Dec 2012
John Finnis
University of Oxford
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Reason, Revelation, Universality and Particularity in Ethics

American Journal of Jurisprudence, Vol. 53, pp. 23-48, 2008, Notre Dame Legal Studies Paper No. 09-12
Number of pages: 30 Posted: 22 Apr 2009 Last Revised: 26 Oct 2009
John Finnis
University of Oxford
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ethics, natural law, universality, particularity, revelation, reason, loyalty

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Law as Fact and as Reason for Action: A Response to Robert Alexy on Law's 'Ideal Dimension'

American Journal of Jurisprudence 59 (2014), Oxford Legal Studies Research Paper No. 21/2014, Notre Dame Legal Studies Paper No. 1418
Number of pages: 31 Posted: 26 Apr 2014
John Finnis
University of Oxford
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Alexy, Radbruch, unjust law, obligation

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Judicial Power: Past, Present and Future

Notre Dame Law School Legal Studies Research Paper No. 1604, Oxford Legal Studies Research Paper No. 2/2016
Number of pages: 28 Posted: 06 Jan 2016 Last Revised: 14 Jan 2016
John Finnis
University of Oxford
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judicial, judges, separation of power, rule of law, human rights

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An Enhanced Amicus Brief in Dobbs

Number of pages: 51 Posted: 03 Nov 2021 Last Revised: 10 Jan 2022
John Finnis and Robert George
University of Oxford and Princeton University
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constitutional law, 14th Amendment, persons, unborn, Roe v Wade

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The Nature of a Free Society

Notre Dame Law School Legal Studies Research Paper No. 1709
Number of pages: 19 Posted: 11 Jan 2017 Last Revised: 26 Jan 2017
John Finnis
University of Oxford
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political freedom, constitutional government, judicial power, migration

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The Lords’ Eerie Swansong: A Note on R. (Purdy) v. Director of Public Prosecutions

Oxford Legal Studies Research Paper No. 31/2009, Notre Dame Legal Studies Paper No. 09-39
Number of pages: 8 Posted: 25 Sep 2009
John Finnis
University of Oxford
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Reason in Action: Introduction

John M. Finnis, REASON IN ACTION: COLLECTED ESSAYS VOLUME I, Oxford: OUP, 2011, Oxford Legal Studies Research Paper No. 27/2011, Notre Dame Legal Studies Paper No. 11-30
Number of pages: 16 Posted: 24 May 2011 Last Revised: 19 Aug 2011
John Finnis
University of Oxford
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philosophy of law, moral and political philosophy, theology, religious ethics, Catholic Church

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Religion and Public Reasons: Introduction

John M. Finnis, RELIGION AND PUBLIC REASONS: COLLECTED ESSAYS VOLUME V, Oxford: OUP, 2011, Oxford Legal Studies Research Paper No. 31/2011, Notre Dame Legal Studies Paper No. 11-34
Number of pages: 15 Posted: 24 May 2011 Last Revised: 21 Aug 2011
John Finnis
University of Oxford
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philosophy of law, moral and political philosophy, theology, religious ethics, Catholic Church

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Christian Human Rights: A Debate

King's Law Journal, Vol 28.1 (2017), p.1-50, King's College London Law School Research Paper No. 2017-29
Number of pages: 50 Posted: 22 May 2017 Last Revised: 29 Jun 2017
Yale University, King’s College London, University of Oxford and King's College London – The Dickson Poon School of Law
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Authority, Legitimacy and Obligation in Law's Empire (and Justice for Hedgehogs)

Notre Dame Legal Studies Paper No. 1419, Oxford Legal Studies Research Paper No. 24/2014
Number of pages: 10 Posted: 02 May 2014
John Finnis
University of Oxford
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Dworkin, authority, nations, political association, constitutional patriotism, obligation of law

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Prisoners’ Voting and Judges’ Powers

Oxford Legal Studies Research Paper No. 58/2015, Notre Dame Legal Studies Paper No. 1529
Number of pages: 27 Posted: 08 Nov 2015
John Finnis
University of Oxford
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ECHR, SCC, HCA, universal suffrage, proportionality

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Intention and Identity: Introduction

John M. Finnis, INTENTION AND IDENTITY: COLLECTED ESSAYS VOLUME II, Oxford: OUP, 2011, Oxford Legal Studies Research Paper No. 28/2011, Notre Dame Legal Studies Paper No. 11-31
Number of pages: 17 Posted: 30 May 2011 Last Revised: 21 Aug 2011
John Finnis
University of Oxford
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philosophy of law, moral and political philosophy, theology, religious ethics, catholic church

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The Unconstitutionality of the Supreme Court's Prorogation Judgment, with Supplementary Notes

Oxford Legal Studies Research Paper No. 6/2020, Notre Dame Legal Studies Paper No. 200304
Number of pages: 42 Posted: 05 Mar 2020 Last Revised: 08 Mar 2020
John Finnis
University of Oxford
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constitutional conventions, parliamentary privileges, Bill of Rights, Dicey

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Supplement to an Enhanced Amicus Brief in Dobbs

Number of pages: 25 Posted: 14 Dec 2021
John Finnis and Robert George
University of Oxford and Princeton University
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Roe v Wade, common law, reform statutes

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Natural Law: Practical Reason and Creative Information

Notre Dame Legal Studies Paper No. 191106, 2019 This paper was written for and delivered at a conference on Natural Law, Human Rights and Chinese Traditional Culture, held in Beijing by the Law School and the Institute for Human Rights of the China University of Political Science and Law, on 26-2
Number of pages: 21 Posted: 08 Nov 2019 Last Revised: 05 May 2022
John Finnis
University of Oxford
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natural law, human rights

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A Response to Harel, Hope, and Schwartz

Jerusalem Review of Legal Studies (2013), pp. 1-20, Oxford Legal Studies Research Paper No. 84/2013 , Notre Dame Legal Studies Paper No. 1444
Number of pages: 21 Posted: 20 Aug 2013
John Finnis
University of Oxford
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principle of subsidiarity, Human Rights and Common Good, judicial review of legislation, legislative articulation of human rights

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Freedom, Benefit and Understanding: Reflections on Laurence Claus's Critique of Authority

San Diego Law Review 52 (2014) 893-920, Oxford Legal Studies Research Paper No. 76/2014, Notre Dame Legal Studies Paper No. 1443
Number of pages: 29 Posted: 19 Nov 2014
John Finnis
University of Oxford
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Authority, Responsibility, Obligation, Raz, Hart, Realism

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‘Describing & Delineating Effects’: Comment on a Paper by Thomas Finegan

Notre Dame Law School Legal Studies Research Paper No. 1639
Number of pages: 11 Posted: 05 Nov 2016
John Finnis
University of Oxford
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Intention, Side effects, Multiple intentions