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Natural Law in Political Thought

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Paul E. Sigmund is Professor of Politics at Princeton University. He is the author of numerous books, including The Ideologies of the Developing Nations, Natural Law in Political Thought, The Overthrow of Allende and the Politics of Chile, and Liberation Theology at the Crossroads. He is the translator and editor of the Norton Critical Edition of St. Thomas Aquinas on Politics and Ethics.
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  • Paperback: 224 pages
  • Publisher: UPA (November 16, 1981)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0819121002
  • ISBN-13: 978-0819121004
  • Product Dimensions: 5.9 x 0.4 x 8.9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 10.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
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By Steven H Propp TOP 100 REVIEWER on April 9, 2012
Format: Hardcover
Paul E. Sigmund is also the author of books such as The Overthrow of Allende and the Politics of Chile, 1964-1976 (Pitt Latin American Studies), Liberation Theology at the Crossroads: Democracy or Revolution?, and Liberation Theology at the Crossroads: Democracy or Revolution?.

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.
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