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Natural Law and Practical Rationality

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ISBN-10: 0521039770

ISBN-13: 9780521039772

Edition: N/A

Authors: Mark C. Murphy

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Natural law theory has recently been undergoing a revival, especially in political philosophy and jurisprudence. Yet, most fundamentally, natural law theory is not a political theory, but a moral theory, or more accurately a theory of practical rationality. According to the natural law account of practical rationality, the basic reasons for actions are basic goods that are grounded in the nature of human beings. Practical rationality aims to identify and characterize reasons for action and to explain how choice between actions worth performing can be appropriately governed by rational standards. These standards are justified by reference to features of the human goods that are the fundamental reasons for action. This book is a defense of a contemporary natural law theory of practical rationality, demonstrating its inherent plausibility and engaging systematically with rival egoist, consequentialist, Kantian and virtue accounts.
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Book details

List price: $67.99
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Publication date: 8/16/2007
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 300
Size: 6.00" wide x 9.00" long x 0.75" tall
Weight: 0.990
Language: English

Acknowledgements
Introduction: natural law and the theory of practical rationality
The real identity thesis
Well-being
The reasons that make action intelligible
Welfarism and its discontents
The principles that make choice reasonable
What ought to be done
Note
Works cited
Index