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Natural Law in Political Thought
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He wrote in the Introduction to this 1971 book, "Natural law theories have been criticized for their claims to absolutism in the face of historical and geographical relativity of human mores and political systems; its contents have been viewed as either too vague or too restrictive; its belief in an ordered nature has been attacked for attributing a purposiveness to what is a fluid, aimless and constantly changing reality, both in the universe and in man. This book will consider these criticisms to determine the extent to which they undermine its claims. The conclusion will attempt to point toward the possible construction of a more dynamic and viable theory based on human needs and potentialities."
He observes that Aristotle believed in "the existence of some common legal principles which are universal and based on nature." (Pg. 10) However, it was the Roman jurist Cicero who provided the earliest comprehensive theory of natural law. (Pg.Read more ›