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Vendor: Brazos Press
Publication Date: 2007
Craig Boyd provides a contemporary defense of natural law theory against modern challenges from the arenas of science, religion, culture, and philosophy. In his analysis, he defends many of the classical elements of natural law, but also takes into account the contributions of scientific discoveries about human nature. He concludes that natural law is a necessary but not sufficient basis for ethics that must be accompanied by a theory of virtue.
"Natural law advocates and virtue 'theorists' have largely ignored one another. In this book, Boyd develops a constructive engagement between these positions to which I hope philosophers and theologians will attend. If they are like me, they will learn much from this book." -Stanley Hauerwas, author of The Peaceable Kingdom: A Primer in Christian Ethics
"Craig A. Boyd has developed a contemporary version of natural law ethics, drawing more on sociobiology and current concepts of nature than on Aristotelian metaphysics. Yet he follows Aquinas on the good life by tying natural law to virtue ethics, which in turn leads to a divine command theory of moral obligation. Add this to his vigorous response to analytic moral philosophy and to scientific and postmodern criticisms, and the result is a splendid treatment of contemporary philosophical ethics. The exposition is both clear and competent, his research thorough, and the argument persuasive. It's a book I strongly recommend for teacher and student alike." -Arthur Holmes, professor emeritus of philosophy, Wheaton College
Throughout this text, Boyd traces the history of natural law morality from the Greeks, the Bible, and church history. Not only does Boyd explain this theory but he also compares it to and critiques it with other theories of morality: divine command theory, analytic ethics, sociobiology, and postmodernism. Readers will be surprised at Boyd's conclusion that natural law and virtue ethics complement one another. Natural law morality, in short, provides the basis of human morality by recognizing universally known features of human nature; these features can manifest themselves in myriad ways, depending on environment, culture, and custom.
This groundbreaking work will find a home in the bookshelves of college and seminary professors as well as students of philosophy, theology, and ethics.