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Crowe, “Clarifying the Natural Law Thesis”

December 3rd, 2012

Jonathan Crowe (The University of Queensland – T.C. Beirne School of Law) has posted Clarifying the Natural Law Thesis (Australian Journal of Legal Philosophy, Vol. 37, pp. 159-181, 2012) on SSRN. Here is the abstract:

The core claims of natural law jurisprudence have been expressed in many different ways. One useful way of understanding the tradition, however, is through reference to what Mark Murphy has called the natural law thesis: law is necessarily a rational standard for conduct. This article seeks to clarify the natural law thesis by distinguishing several different versions that appear in the philosophical literature. It then identifies three possible routes to the thesis and considers which versions of the claim they are best understood as targeting.

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