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Natural Law in Jurisprudence and Politics by Mark C. (Georgetown University, Washington DC) Murphy


Natural Law in Jurisprudence and Politics by Mark C. (Georgetown University, Washington DC) Murphy

Natural law is a perennial though poorly represented and understood issue in political philosophy and the philosophy of law. In this 2006 book, Mark C. Murphy argues that the central thesis of natural law jurisprudence - that law is backed by decisive reasons for compliance - sets the agenda for natural law political philosophy, demonstrating how law gains its binding force by way of the common good of the political community. Murphy's work ranges over the central questions of natural law jurisprudence and political philosophy, including the formulation and defense of the natural law jurisprudential thesis, the nature of the common good, the connection between the promotion of the common good and requirement of obedience to law, and the justification of punishment.


Natural Law in Jurisprudence and Politics is a worthwhile exploration of key issues in jurisprudence and political theory. One can look foward to Murphy's future offerings

The Law and Politics Book Review Walter J. Kendall, John Marshall Law School Anyone doing work in political or legal theory will find this book of tremendous interest, full of rich arguments, and worthy of close examination...Murphy's work on natural law theory is definitely the most thought-provoking and constructive of recent natural law scholarship, and he will be viewed by many as taking up the mantle from Finnis as the leading figure in natural law theory.

--A.M. Viens, Oxford University: Philosophy in Review

About the Author

Mark C. Murphy is Professor of Philosophy at Georgetown University. He is the author of Natural Law and Practical Rationality, An Essay on Divine Authority, and Philosophy of Law, and is editor of Alasdair MacIntyre.

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Publication date

29th January 2009


Mark C. (Georgetown University, Washington DC) Murphy

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Cambridge University Press


208 pages


Jurisprudence & philosophy of law



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