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Written on the Heart The Case for Natural Law

Since the great works of classic Greek philosophy are seldom taught either at the high school or college level, the author gives a brief but convincing grounding in Aristotle. Proceeding through other great thinkers like Thomas Aquinas, he relentlessly shows the universal applicability of moral principles. The book is a very effective foil for those post-modern thinkers who believe (without proof) that mankind has moved beyond the natural law, or that there is no such thing. The book is written at a very readable level. ~ W. Patrick Cunningham

Table of Contents

    • Acknowledgments 9
    • Preface 10
  • Unit I Aristotle 13
    • 1 Politics & the Human Good 15
    • 2 Moral Excellence & Regime Design 26
    • 3 Friendship, Justice & the Moral Significance of Law 38
  • Unit II Thomas Aquinas 51
    • 4 The Grand Design of Law 53
    • 5 The Law of Nature & the Law of Man 65
    • 6 Human Law & Regime Design 80
  • Unit III John Locke 95
    • 7 The State of Nature & the Social Contract 97
    • 8 Two Views of Natural Law 108
    • 9 Private Property & Revolution 123
  • Unit IV John Stuart Mill 135
    • 10 The Pleasure Principle 137
    • 11 The Problem with the Pleasure Principle 145
    • 12 Utility & Justice 161
    • Intermezzo: The Art of Teaching 169
  • Unit V Written on the Heart 177
    • 13 A Christian Appraisal of Natural-Law Theory 179
    • 14 A Reprise of the Older Thinkers 187
    • 15 A Sampling of Recent Thinkers 196
    • Appendix: Elementary Reasoning 220
    • Notes 229
    • Select Bibliography 241
    • Index 245