Natural Law Beyond Finnis

Jonathan Crowe

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More than 30 years has passed since the publication of John Finnis’s seminal defence of the natural law tradition in ethics, politics and jurisprudence, Natural Law and Natural Rights. 1 Earlier this year, a revised edition was published, including a new postscript responding to critics.2 A five-volume collection of Finnis’s essays, spanning ethics, political philosophy, jurisprudence and religion, has also recently been released.3 It is timely, then, to reflect upon the relevance of Finnis’s work to contemporary natural law thought. How has natural law scholarship developed since the appearance of Natural Law and Natural Rights? What is the status of Finnis’s ideas within the tradition today?
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)293-308
Number of pages16
JournalJurisprudence: an international journal of legal and political thought
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - 2011
Externally publishedYes


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