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Natural Law Beyond Finnis

17 Pages Posted: 27 Sep 2012 Last revised: 29 Sep 2012

Jonathan Crowe

Bond University - School of Law

Date Written: 2011


The natural law tradition in ethics and jurisprudence has undergone a revival in recent years, sparked by the work of John Finnis and the 'new natural law theorists' in the early 1980s. The ensuing decades have seen the emergence of an increasingly rich body of natural law scholarship, but this diversification has gone unnoticed by many outside the field. This article seeks to clarify the relationship between the core claims of the new natural law outlook and the more specific views of individual authors. It begins by discussing the place of the new natural law theory within contemporary natural law scholarship. It then offers an account of the core elements of the new natural law framework that emphasises their compatibility with a range of ethical and philosophical viewpoints.

Keywords: Natural law, Finnis, ethics, jurisprudence, common good

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Crowe, Jonathan, Natural Law Beyond Finnis (2011). Jurisprudence, Vol. 2, No. 2, pp. 293-308, 2011; University of Queensland TC Beirne School of Law Research Paper No. 11-21. Available at SSRN:

Jonathan Crowe (Contact Author)

Bond University - School of Law ( email )

Gold Coast, QLD 4229


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