Research Handbook on Natural Law Theory
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Research Handbook on Natural Law Theory

Jonathan Crowe and Constance Y. Lee

This thought-provoking Research Handbook provides a snapshot of current research on natural law theory in ethics, politics and law, showcasing the breadth and diversity of contemporary natural law thought. The Research Handbook on Natural Law Theory examines topics such as foundational figures in Western natural law theory, natural law ideas in a variety of religious and cultural traditions, normative foundations of natural law, as well as issues of law and governance. Featuring contributions by leading international scholars, this Research Handbook offers a valuable resource for scholars in law, philosophy, religious studies and related fields.
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Chapter 2: Aristotle as natural law theorist

George Duke

Abstract

George Duke’s chapter examines the question of whether Aristotle is properly regarded as a natural law theorist. He discusses three claims about law historically associated with the natural law tradition: the existence and content of law depends on a divine normative foundation; the existence and content of law depends on a natural normative foundation; and the existence and content of law depends on a rational normative foundation. Duke provides a detailed and nuanced discussion of whether Aristotle should be understood as endorsing any of these propositions. He concludes that, while Aristotle does not endorse the first claim, he does endorse the second and third claims (albeit in a qualified sense).

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