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The Problem of Natural Law (Applications of Political Theory)

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Kries gives us an intelligent analysis of Aquinas's theory of conscience, with some very revealing historical detective work at its foundation. What is more, Kries's book contains one of the best discussions I have seen of the fundamental problem of any natural law doctrine: whether there really is something like a natural conscience through which human beings learn their duties. Particularly valuable is Kries's discussion of the leading contemporary challenges to natural law. (Thomas G. West)

Kries's treatment of traditional natural law arguments is sophisticated and refreshing. . . .Recommended. (. CHOICE, May 2008)

Kries gives a useful exposition of the historical evolution of synderesis. The Problem of Natural Law takes us close to the heart of the problem. Anyone interested in something more than slogans about natural law will want to read the book. (Russell Hittinger, University of Tulsa First Things)

Since John Finnis's pioneering work, books and essays on natural law have continued to come forth in the past thirty years. Douglas Kries's new book serves a special purpose in this regard. It puts into order the main schools of thought that would reject or interpret natural law in a non-Thomistic framework. Kries sees the point of the various objections and their historic sources. He is a clear writer and puts the whole issue of natural law in a light that fairly considers the objections and sees how a natural law thinker would deal with them. This is a very worthy and valuable contribution. (James V. Schall, S. J., professor emeritus, Georgetown University)

About the Author

Douglas Kries is associate professor of philosophy at Gonzaga University.

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