The Natural Law Tradition and Belief: Naturalism, Theism, and Religion in Dialogue (World Philosophy) – eBook


  • Author: David Ardagh
  • File Size: 5 MB
  • Format: PDF
  • Length: 282 pages
  • Series: World Philosophy
  • Publisher: Nova Science Pub Inc
  • Publication Date: March 19, 2019
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1536149632
  • ISBN-13: 9781536149630


For more than twenty centuries, from ancient Greece the ideal of natural law has been appealed to in Western moral and legal philosophy as a grounding for ethics and jurisprudence, based on capacities of a common “human nature”. From the early medieval advent of “Christendom”, it was embedded within theistic and religious systems for over a millennium, during which time it was handled as incomplete and part of an enveloping divine law of ethics. Modern agnosticism in theology, religion, and metaphysics then saw natural law disconnected from these associations, but it is still suspect due to its lingering ties with these disciplines and practices. It endured through its meta-ethical capacity to integrate changes in science with ethics via its central notion of wellbeing as the perfection of human nature, through access to “the highest good”, however variously understood.

Today, nature and human nature’s wellbeing, are both vulnerab;l;e. Ecological destruction arising from unrestrained growth, nuclear weapons, industrial pollution and mass population displacement though poverty and wars threaten humanity. But in terms of the meta-ethics of wellbeing, both the humanist normative ethics of natural law, and some of its enfolding theistic and religious divine law addenda, can be invoked to address such evils.

The Natural Law Tradition and Belief: Naturalism, Theism, and Religion in Dialogue, (PDF) aims to reinvigorate natural law as a unifying ethical organon for this purpose, presenting that it can dialogue with its enveloping divine law “overlays” constructively, unveiling its points of essential unity with them, and generating some unified solutions to the global threats mentioned, like poverty. These are largely because of global injustices like tax evasion, the arms trade, and political corruption, which are better avoided by cooperatively agreed and enforced global ideals, norms, and laws, based on natural and divine law, grounding international laws instead of appealing to national norms and laws alone.