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After the Natural Law: How the Classical Worldview Supports Our Modern Moral and Political Views Kindle Edition
The "natural law" worldview developed over the course of almost two thousand years beginning with Plato and Aristotle and culminating with St. Thomas Aquinas in the thirteenth century. This tradition holds that the world is ordered, intelligible and good, that there are objective moral truths which we can know and that human beings can achieve true happiness only by following our inborn nature, which draws us toward our own perfection. Most accounts of the natural law are based on a God-centered understanding of the world.
After the Natural Law traces this tradition from Plato and Aristotle to Thomas Aquinas and then describes how and why modern philosophers such as Descartes, Locke and Hobbes began to chip away at this foundation. The book argues that natural law is a necessary foundation for our most important moral and political values – freedom, human rights, equality, responsibility and human dignity, among others. Without a theory of natural law, these values lose their coherence: we literally cannot make sense of them given the assumptions of modern philosophy.
Part I of the book traces the development of natural law theory from Plato and Aristotle through the crowning achievement of Thomas Aquinas. Part II explores how modern philosophers have systematically chipped away at the only coherent foundation for these values. As a result, our most important moral and political ideals today are incoherent. Modern political and moral thinkers have been led either to dilute the meaning of such terms as freedom or the moral good – or abandon these ideas altogether. Thus, modern philosophy and political thought are leading us either toward anarchy or totalitarianism.
The conclusion, entitled "Why God Matters", shows how even the philosophical assumptions of the natural law depend on a personal God.
About the Author
John Lawrence Hill is a law professor at Indiana University, Robert H. McKinney School of Law in Indianapolis, where he teaches constitutional law, torts, civil procedure and legal philosophy courses. Formerly an atheist, Hill came into communion with the Catholic Church in 2009. He holds a Ph.D. in philosophy and a law degree both from Georgetown University.--This text refers to the paperback edition.
- ASIN : B01DL0PRWG
- Publisher : Ignatius Press (March 29, 2016)
- Publication date : March 29, 2016
- Language : English
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I hope irenic is the right word for our author’s lack of preaching. Terms familiar to students of philosophy are not assumed to be in the reader’s vocabulary and are patiently explained in a fair manner. The author is well acquainted with Aquinas and his method of being good at stating the best side of an opponent’s case and usually improving it before presenting his own reasoning. The author is well read in matters not only of Natural Law but the various flavors of it as taken from numerous other excellent authors.
A good place to begin this book is on page 275, the Bibliography. Educated people will be very familiar with a great number of the works consulted and may profit by acquiring cited works with which they are unfamiliar. It would be the work of a lifetime to read all of them but there will be gems that ought not be passed up. So, this book is a good book in my view and a very extended argument that points the reader, really, to fields of inquiry relatively unplowed in this day and age. We are such neophilics (sp) that we often pass over ancient truths that stare at us like upturned nuggets of gold.
Several books are quoted from Liberty Fund in Indianapolis, IN where the author teaches at the IU Law School there. They have recently published some of the works of Francisco Suarez, a little known towering intellect of the late 1600’s whose writings have heavily influenced a number of the writers our author identifies. Suarez is a difficult read, I am told, and his Scholasticism is better viewed thru the lenses of those who adopted his views either in toto or in part. People who would like inexpensive primary material books will find Liberty Fund very useful and with many books, obviously, related to Liberty, Freedom, Moral and Political Values such as are examined in Professor Hill’s book.
The book is a reliable guide. The subject is important. The stakes are high and we need to get right with our authentic human nature.
The first thing of truth that came to mind in reading this book was how we wrongly tend to categorize groups of people as all being the same and how that tends to lead us to immediate error. Such is the case of the typical view of pagans as all being totally morally corrupt, evil, etc., forgetting that God created them as human beings. The book starts off with the philosophy of Socrates about 450 b.c. which has some characteristics of truth which is then improved upon in later years by Plato, and further improved later on by Aristotle. This is interesting for they have not had the history of God’s revelation that the Hebrews have had but from that written on their souls they are proceeding albeit slowly with/to an understanding truth of God and of self. And philosophy becomes more fully and rightly understood and expressed subsequently in the writings of Augustine and much more so later in the writings of Thomas Aquinas.
The author then continues from that time to the present describing the subsequent changing philosophies, their errors against truth, etc., resulting in the deconstruction of philosophical truth. He carries a time-line of sorts in his description of the detrimental changes from then to now and one begins understand how and why the cultures of western civilization have been led into such grievous error and corruption. I think the points of impact of some of the errant philosophical changes will surprise you; other changes will ratify your perceptions of our cultural decline.
One is abundantly caused to pray…Help us Lord; have mercy on us.