This thought-provoking Research Handbook provides a comprehensive overview of current research on natural law theory in ethics, politics and law, demonstrating the rigour and versatility of the tradition and offering an up-to-date picture of these ideas in the 21st century.
Featuring contributions from leading international scholars in disciplines from law and government to philosophy and religious studies, the Handbook explores both the philosophical foundations of natural law thinking and its practical implications for law, politics and governance. Chapters showcase the breadth and diversity of contemporary natural law thought, going beyond the dominant Catholic and Thomist perspectives to investigate natural law ideas in a variety of religious and cultural traditions, such as Judaism, Islam and Confucianism, as well as African American and feminist theory.
The Research Handbook on Natural Law Theory will prove an invaluable resource for scholars and students of law, legal theory, philosophy, politics and government, as well as theology and religious studies, who wish to engage with current thinking on natural law and its relevance to their fields. Legal practitioners and experts in public policy will also find its varied perspectives useful.
'This Research Handbook is profoundly enlightening. The authors and editors all understand Natural Law not as a set of God's commands, and not as a foil to legal positivism, but rather, as a tradition within which scholars explore and debate the content of the good, the common good, human nature, and the good or flourishing life as a guide to the content of ideal and just law. The volume as a whole presents a vibrant set of questions and reflections on law's purpose, a wonderful intellectual history of an often overlooked and badly misunderstood scholarly tradition, and a deeply probing and critical examination of law's role in promoting the conditions necessary for human flourishing.'
– Robin West, Georgetown University, US
'This revolutionary revival of the natural law tradition quenches the thirst of those who are parched by the modern assumption that ethics, politics, and law must be devoted to the zero-sum distribution of rights to self-interested agents whose own good is the only good. In chapters both broad and deep, this Handbook reveals how a concern for the objective conditions of human flourishing can reinvigorate the role of common goods, cooperative enterprises, and pluralism in a theory of just governance.'
– Heidi M. Hurd, University of Illinois, US
Contributors: A. Amaya, N. Aroney, J. Burnside, C. Carol, E. Carolan, G. Chartier, J. Crowe, M. Detmold, R. Dougherty, G. Duke, J.L. Fox, N.P. Ho, N. Hosen, Y. Imbert, T. Irwin, J.A. Jacobs, C.Y. Lee, A. Lisska, V. Lloyd, T. Murphy, A. Taitslin, D. VanDrunen, A. Zimmermann.
Edited by Jonathan Crowe, Bond University and Constance Youngwon Lee, Central Queensland University, Australia.