Natural Law Anarchism

Studies in Emergent Order, Vol. 7, pp. 288-298, 2014

University of Queensland TC Beirne School of Law Research Paper

11 Pages Posted: 5 Feb 2015

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Jonathan Crowe

Bond University - School of Law

Date Written: 2014

Abstract

Gary Chartier’s book, Anarchy and Legal Order (Cambridge University Press, 2013), uses the resources of the natural law tradition in ethics to defend a vision of law without the state. It therefore presents a theory of what might be termed natural law anarchism. Some readers may find this combination of views surprising. The most prominent contemporary advocate of natural law theory, John Finnis, heavily emphasises the role of state institutions. However, Finnis’s theory arguably gives a misleading picture of the relationship between natural law and the state. Natural law theory is, in fact, highly hospitable to anarchism. This article begins by exploring the connections between these two ideas. I then look in more detail at some features of Chartier’s argument.

Keywords: Natural law, anarchism, statism, incommensurability, Chartier, Finnis

Suggested Citation

Crowe, Jonathan, Natural Law Anarchism (2014). Studies in Emergent Order, Vol. 7, pp. 288-298, 2014; University of Queensland TC Beirne School of Law Research Paper. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2560090

Jonathan Crowe (Contact Author)

Bond University - School of Law ( email )

Gold Coast, QLD 4229
Australia

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