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Law, Person, and Community: Philosophical, Theological, and Comparative Perspectives on Canon Law

John J. Coughlin


This book takes up the fundamental question “What is law?” through a comparative study of canon law and secular legal theory. Canon law is analogous to the concept of law described by secular theorists such as Austin, Kelsen, Holmes, and H. L. A. Hart. Consistent with the secular concept, canon law aims to set a societal order that harmonizes the interests of individuals and communities, secures peace, guarantees freedom, and establishes justice. At the same time, canon law reflects a claim about the spiritual end of the human person and religious nature of community. The comparison of one of ... More

Keywords: canon law, Austin Kelsen, Holmes, H. L. A. Hart, social order, nature of community, religious law, secular theory, rule of law, equity

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2012 Print ISBN-13: 9780199756773
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: May 2012 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199756773.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

John J. Coughlin, author
University of Notre Dame