Book Launch: Research Handbook on Natural Law Theory

  • Jonathan Crowe (Speaker)
  • Suri Ratnapala (Speaker)

Activity: Talk or presentationInvited talk


Launched by Suri Ratnapala, Emeritus Professor of Public Law, University of Queensland

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This thought-provoking Research Handbook provides a snapshot of current research on natural law theory in ethics, politics and law, showcasing the breadth and diversity of contemporary natural law thought. The Research Handbook on Natural Law Theory examines topics such as foundational figures in Western natural law theory, natural law ideas in a variety of religious and cultural traditions, normative foundations of natural law, as well as issues of law and governance. Featuring contributions by leading international scholars, this Research Handbook offers a valuable resource for scholars in law, philosophy, religious studies and related fields.


‘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

‘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
Period16 Jan 2020
Event titleBook Launch - Research Handbook on Natural Law Theory
Event typeOther
LocationBrisbane, Australia, QueenslandShow on map