John Finnis

University of Oxford - Faculty of Law

Professor of Law & Legal Philosophy Emeritus

University College

High Street

Oxford , England OX1 4BH

United Kingdom

Notre Dame Law School

P.O. Box 780

Notre Dame, IN 46556-0780

United States

SCHOLARLY PAPERS

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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 - Faculty of Law
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philosophy of law, jurisprudence, general principles of law, positivism, natural law theory

2.

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 - Faculty of Law
Downloads 1,727 (5,731)

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public reason, freedom of religious belief and practice, legal philosophy, Habermas, discourse ethics, rule of law

3.

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 - Faculty of Law
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marriage, intrinsic good, basic human good, sexuality, divorce, natural law

4.

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 - Faculty of Law
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philosophy of law, moral and political philosophy, theology, religious ethics, Catholic Church

5.

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 - Faculty of Law
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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 - Faculty of Law
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7.

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 - Faculty of Law
Downloads 1,425 (8,568)

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Religion, religious liberty, discrimination between religions, public reason

8.

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 - Faculty of Law
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9.

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 - Faculty of Law
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Justified discrimination, religion, faiths, shariah, immigration, speech, Begum, Refah Partisi, human rights litigation

10.

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 - Faculty of Law
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philosophy of law, moral and political philosophy, theology, religious ethics, Catholic Church

11.

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 - Faculty of Law
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12.

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 - Faculty of Law
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13.

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 - Faculty of Law
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14.

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 - Faculty of Law
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15.

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 - Faculty of Law
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ethics, natural law, universality, particularity, revelation, reason, loyalty

16.

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 - Faculty of Law
Downloads 511 (36,386)

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religious liberty, free exercise, liberty, religion, freedom of religion

17.

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 - Faculty of Law
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Anscombe, faith, Catholic philosophy

18.

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 - Faculty of Law
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Alexy, Radbruch, unjust law, obligation

19.

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 - Faculty of Law
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20.

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 - Faculty of Law
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philosophy of law, moral and political philosophy, theology, religious ethics, Catholic Church

21.

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 - Faculty of Law
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philosophy of law, moral and political philosophy, theology, religious ethics, Catholic Church

22.

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 - Faculty of Law
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philosophy of law, moral and political philosophy, theology, religious ethics, catholic church

23.

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 - Faculty of Law
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Dworkin, authority, nations, political association, constitutional patriotism, obligation of law

24.

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 - Faculty of Law
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principle of subsidiarity, Human Rights and Common Good, judicial review of legislation, legislative articulation of human rights

25.

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 - Faculty of Law
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Authority, Responsibility, Obligation, Raz, Hart, Realism

26.

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 - Faculty of Law
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political freedom, constitutional government, judicial power, migration

27.

‘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 - Faculty of Law
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Intention, Side effects, Multiple intentions

28.

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 - Faculty of Law
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judicial, judges, separation of power, rule of law, human rights

29.

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 - Faculty of Law
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ECHR, SCC, HCA, universal suffrage, proportionality