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Reason in Action By John Finnis (Professor of Law and Legal Philosophy Emeritus at Oxford University and Professor of Law at the University of Notre Dame)

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Reason in Action collects John Finnis's work on practical reason and moral philosophy. Ranging from foundational issues of meta-ethics to modern ethical debates, the essays trace the emergence and development of his new classical theory of natural law through close engagement with a broad range of contemporary thinkers and problems.
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Reason in Action: Collected Essays Volume I by John Finnis (Professor of Law and Legal Philosophy Emeritus at Oxford University and Professor of Law at the University of Notre Dame)

Reason in Action collects John Finnis's work on the theory of practical reason and moral philosophy. The essays in the volume range from foundational issues of meta-ethics to the practical application of natural law theory to ethical problems such as nuclear deterrence, obscenity and free speech, and abortion and cloning. Defending the objectivity of some evaluative and moral judgments, the volume's meta-ethical papers debate with figures as diverse as Jurgen Habermas, Bernard Williams, David Hume, Max Weber, and Christine Korsgaard, and offer a new understanding of Wittgenstein's On Certainty. Further papers engage with Philippa Foot, Geoffrey Warnock, Leo Strauss, Terence Irwin, Matthew Kramer, neo-scholastic interpreters of Aquinas, utilitarians, game theorists, and Immanuel Kant on the shape of moral thought. John Rawls's conception of public reason, J.S. Mill's understanding of free speech, and Jacques Maritain's appeal to "connatural" knowledge are critically contested. Foundational questions addressed in the volume include: how legal reasoning differs from general practical reasoning; how aesthetic appreciation differs from erotic attraction; how subrational elements enter into the rational standard of fairness; how virtues depend upon principles and norms; and how incommensurabilities count in moral thought. These essays mark the development of Finnis's new classical theory of natural law, engaged with contemporary thinkers and problems. Several essays, including two previously unpublished, show the theory's emergence before Natural Law and Natural Rights. Other unpublished essays include a discussion of pornography, an analysis of freedom of speech, and a substantive introduction reflecting on the theory, its reception, and the convergence on it of capabilities theorists such as Amartya Sen and Martha Nussbaum.

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Reason in Action Reviews


These five volumes make valuable contributions across a large range of philosophical topics and moral and legal questions, and offer much that merits consideration to scholars in several disciplines. * Paul Yowell, Oxford Journal of Law and Religion *

About John Finnis (Professor of Law and Legal Philosophy Emeritus at Oxford University and Professor of Law at the University of Notre Dame)


John Finnis is Professor of Law and Legal Philosophy at the University of Oxford, and a Fellow of University College. He is the Biolchini Family Professor of Law at the University of Notre Dame.

Table of Contents


Introduction ; FOUNDATIONS ; 1. Practical Reason's Foundations ; 2. Discourse, Truth, and Friendship ; 3. Scepticism's Self-Refutation ; 4. Self-refutation Revisited ; 5. Bernard Williams on Truth's Values ; 6. Reason, Authority, and Friendship ; 7. Reason, Universality, and Moral Thought ; 8. Objectivity and Content in Ethics ; 9. Is and Ought in Aquinas ; BUILDING ON THE FOUNDATIONS ; 10. Action's Most Ultimate End ; 11. Prudence about Ends ; 12. Moral Absolutes in Aristotle and Aquinas ; 13. "Natural Law" ; 14. Legal Reasoning as Practical Reason ; PUBLIC REASON AND UNREASON ; 15. Commensuration and Public Reason ; 16. "Public Reason" and Moral Debate ; 17. Reason, Passions, and Free Speech ; 18. Freedom of Speech ; 19. Pornography

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Reason in Action: Collected Essays Volume I by John Finnis (Professor of Law and Legal Philosophy Emeritus at Oxford University and Professor of Law at the University of Notre Dame)
John Finnis (Professor of Law and Legal Philosophy Emeritus at Oxford University and Professor of Law at the University of Notre Dame)
Collected Essays of John Finnis
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Oxford University Press
2011-01-27
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0199580057
9780199580057
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