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Christian Moral RealismNatural Law, Narrative, Virtue, and the Gospel$
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Rufus Black

Print publication date: 2001

Print ISBN-13: 9780198270201

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: October 2011

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198270201.001.0001

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Is the new natural law theory a substantive form of moral realism?

Is the new natural law theory a substantive form of moral realism?

(p.46) 2 Is the new natural law theory a substantive form of moral realism?
Christian Moral Realism

Rufus Black

Oxford University Press

This chapter probes whether the Grisez School is able to find a new means to secure the moorings of ethics to the givenness of reality. It explores the relationship between practical reason and the reality and the role of self-evidence in the Grisez School's theory in three stages. First, it considers the relationship between human nature and the fulfilling objects and objectives towards which practical reason directs people. This provides the opportunity to begin an exploration of the question of self-evidence. Second, the chapter analyses the connections between principles of practical reason (which guide people in their pursuit of those fulfilling objects and objectives) and human nature and the conditions of human existence. Third, it considers the function of knowledge about reality in the actual process of moral deliberation.

Keywords:   Grisez School, ethics, practical reason, reality, self-evidence, human nature, human existence, knowledge, moral deliberation

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