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Anver M. Emon, Matthew Levering, and David Novak

Print publication date: 2014

Print ISBN-13: 9780198706601

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: June 2014

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198706601.001.0001

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Response to Anver M. Emon’s “Islamic Natural Law Theories”

Response to Anver M. Emon’s “Islamic Natural Law Theories”

(p.188) Response to Anver M. Emon’s “Islamic Natural Law Theories”
Natural Law

Matthew Levering

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Replying to Chapter 3, this Response takes up the issue of whether natural law doctrine produces a moral structure that, for the sake of true human flourishing, needs to be destabilized and historicized. The Response focuses on how we can give an account of human identity and value. At the same time, it engages Chapter 3's hard natural law theorists and suggest certain connections with the Stoics and with Thomas Aquinas as interpreted by some Thomists today. Likewise it engages Chapter 3's Soft Natural Law theorists and identify connections with John Duns Scotus. The central figure of Chapter 3's piece, al-Ghazali, seems to offer an account of basic values that is similar in certain respects to the proposal of John Finnis.

Keywords:   Human identity, value, human nature, shared rational enquiry, legal positivism, Scotus, Cicero

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