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Religion and Public Reasons: Collected Essays Volume V

John Finnis


The twenty-four chapters in this volume seek to argue for and illustrate a central element in the author's theory of natural law: that the main tenets of personal and political morality, and of a good legal order, are taught both by reason (arguments accessible to everyone) and by authentic divine revelation (teachings accessible to all who have a reasonable faith in its witnesses). The first Part includes eight chapters. Two attend to the idea of public reason, both in its proper sense and its Rawlsian deformation. One vindicates in outline for treating a religion as part of public reason, an ... More

Keywords: reason and revelation, public reasons, Rawls, Plato, Newman, constitutional rights of religion, historical consciousness, conscience, secularism

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Print publication date: 2011 Print ISBN-13: 9780199580095
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: September 2011 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199580095.001.0001


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John Finnis, author
Professor of Law and Legal Philosophy Emeritus at Oxford University and Professor of Law at the University of Notre Dame
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