"This volume is a significant contribution to our understanding of the natural law and its application to a wide range of human and social concerns, and it deserves serious study and reflection."
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"Although Americans have been nearly shamed out of their common sense and scarcely understand themselves any more, a dim feeling has begun to take root that the situation is unendurable. This book, then, appears at just the right moment, explaining afresh the grounds of those moral judgments that no one can really help making yet so many feel they have to deny. I wonder how the editor has managed to get his distinguished collection of scholars to write so clearly; most books on the natural law couch their appeals to the sense of plain people in language that even graduate students find difficult to understand. Besides being nearly free of that vice, the anthology possesses a virtue one seeks in all such books but rarely finds: it tells what natural law has to do with the law as actually practiced."-J. Budziszewski, Departments of Government and Philosophy, The University of Texas at Austin, and author of The Revenge of Conscience "Professor McLean has assembled a stimulating and provocative collection of well-written essays by an array of thoughtful commentators who come at natural law from a variety of perspectives. Common Truths provides rewarding reading for anyone interested in natural law theory and its history, its application to contemporary law and practice, and its prospects for the future."-Pasco M. Bowman, Judge, United States Court of Appeals, Eight Circuit "Edward B. McLean has collected an outstanding array of natural law thinkers, who demonstrate why serious attention to natural law theory is on the rise today. For those who recognize the increasing disarray of contemporary liberal political and legal theory, this book will be an invaluable resource."-Christopher Wolfe, author, The Rise of Modern Judicial Review