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Reason, Morality, and LawThe Philosophy of John Finnis$
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John Keown and Robert P. George

Print publication date: 2013

Print ISBN-13: 9780199675500

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: May 2013

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199675500.001.0001

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The Achievement of John Finnis

(p.1) Introduction
Reason, Morality, and Law

Robert P. George

Oxford University Press

This introductory chapter discusses the philosophy, influence, and contributions of John Finnis. His masterwork, Natural Law and Natural Rights not only revived scholarly interest in the venerable, but deeply misunderstood, idea of natural law and natural rights, but also challenged dominant ways of thinking among philosophers of law and moral and political philosophers in the analytic tradition. In normative ethics and political theory, Finnis has defended the moral inviolability of human life in all stages and conditions and the norm against making the death or injury of a human being the precise object of one's choosing. His work in moral theology prompted the Catholic Church to summon him to service on its most important theological council, the International Theological Commission.

Keywords:   natural law, natural rights, legal philosophy, normative ethics, political theory, human life, moral theology

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