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Natural Law: Reflections On Theory & Practice Paperback – April 6, 2001

ISBN-13: 978-1890318680 ISBN-10: 189031868X Edition: 1st

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  • Paperback: 112 pages
  • Publisher: St. Augustines Press; 1 edition (April 6, 2001)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 189031868X
  • ISBN-13: 978-1890318680
  • Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 0.4 x 8.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 6.7 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #135,845 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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76 of 78 people found the following review helpful By Kindle Customer on October 26, 2002
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Maritain has a goldmine of information in this little book for those interested in the tradtional view of Natural Law. I have read several books on the Natural Law, some very good ones, but they all left me with a feeling of incompleteness. Maritain does not do this, he fills the gap here and covers an immense amount of ground in such a short space. Worthy of special mention is the relationship of human rights to the Natural Law and how rights must be founded on it - for without Natural Law there is no true obligation.
I highly recommend this book to anyone interested in the moral and political applications of Natural Law.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Transcendental Thomist on November 14, 2013
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Jacques Maritain, a 20th century Catholic philosopher, was instrumental in the development of human rights theory and the 1948 U.N. Declaration. Maritain posited that the Natural Law tradition of Aristotle and Aquinas gives rise to the concept of universal human rights, a necessary moral force in today's pluralistic world. His writings influenced public figures from Flannery O'Connor to Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. But this particular collection of speeches is not especially clear or coherent. This exceedingly thin paperback introduces you to a lot of his key concepts and ideas, but it's not the best Maritain because it lacks context, and it's not terribly clear as a result. In my opinion, you really need his full writings (like "The Person and the Common Good") to understand the concepts referenced in these little talks.
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16 of 24 people found the following review helpful By P. B. McCaffery on May 15, 2009
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You'll go into a Barnes and Noble and see on a desk a sign raised which reads "thought-provoking." More often than not the desk inhabits atheist agenda and nonsense, which the casual reader is always tempted to wonder about, though the trained reader always deplores. This is a book - this is an author - that deserves the title "thought-provoking." Maritain is as interesting, is as lucid, is as creative as he is brilliant.
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