Political Natural Law

Joshua Neoh, ‘Political Natural Law’ (2019) 44 Australian Journal of Legal Philosophy 116

7 Pages Posted: 26 May 2020

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Joshua Neoh

Australian National University

Date Written: May 3, 2019


The précis of Jonathan Crowe’s latest book, 'Natural Law and the Nature of Law', claims that "this book provides the first systematic, book-length defence of natural law ideas in ethics, politics and jurisprudence since John Finnis’s influential 'Natural Law and Natural Rights’." As a sign of its richness, there are many aspects of the book that I could focus on in this essay, but I will just focus on one question, which is a fundamental one for the natural law position: where do basic goods come from? Part I will begin with Finnis’s answer to this question, and Crowe’s critique of Finnis on this point. Part II will analyse Crowe’s alternative answer to the question. Part III will endorse Crowe’s alternative answer, albeit with a friendly addendum.

Keywords: Natural Law Methodology

Suggested Citation

Neoh, Joshua, Political Natural Law (May 3, 2019). Joshua Neoh, ‘Political Natural Law’ (2019) 44 Australian Journal of Legal Philosophy 116, Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=3591767

Joshua Neoh (Contact Author)

Australian National University ( email )

Canberra, Australian Capital Territory 0200

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