Wheelers Books
Natural Law and Human Rights: Toward a Recovery of Practical Reason
 

Natural Law and Human Rights: Toward a Recovery of Practical Reason (Hardback)

By Manent, Pierre
Translated by Hancock, Ralph C.
Foreword by Mahoney, Daniel J.

  • RRP: $95.50
  • $61.00
  • Save $34.50
  • No availability locally

Pierre Manent is one of France's leading political philosophers. This first English translation of his profound and strikingly original book La loi naturelle et les droits de l'homme is a reflection on the central question of the Western political tradition. In six chapters, deve...loped from the prestigious Etienne Gilson lectures at the Institut Catholique de Paris, and in a related appendix, Manent contemplates the steady displacement of the natural law by the modern conception of human rights. He aims to restore the grammar of moral and political action, and thus the possibility of an authentically political order that is fully compatible with liberty rightly understood. Manent boldly confronts the prejudices and dogmas of those who have repudiated the classical and (especially) Christian notion of liberty under law and in the process shows how groundless many contemporary appeals to human rights turn out to be. Manent denies that we can generate obligations from a condition of what Locke, Hobbes, and Rousseau call the state of nature, where human beings are absolutely free, with no obligations to others. In his view, our ever-more-imperial affirmation of human rights needs to be reintegrated into what he calls an archic understanding of human and political existence, where law and obligation are inherent in liberty and meaningful human action. Otherwise we are bound to act thoughtlessly in an increasingly arbitrary or willful manner.Natural Law and Human Rights will engage students and scholars of politics, philosophy, and religion, and will captivate sophisticated readers who are interested in the question of how we might reconfigure our knowledge of, and talk with one another about, politics.
Read more

ISBN 9780268107215
Released NZ 28 Feb 2020
Publisher University of Notre Dame Press
Format Hardback
Alternate Format(s) View All (2 other possible title(s) available)
Series Catholic Ideas for a Secular World
Availability
Internationally sourced; usually ships 2-3 weeks

Full details for this title

ISBN-13 9780268107215
Stock Available
Status Internationally sourced; usually ships 2-3 weeks
Publisher University of Notre Dame Press
Imprint University of Notre Dame Press
Released 28 Feb 2020
Publication Country United States United States
Format Hardback
Author(s) By Manent, Pierre
Translated by Hancock, Ralph C.
Foreword by Mahoney, Daniel J.
Series Catholic Ideas for a Secular World
Category Social & Political Philosophy
Human Rights
Civil Rights & Citizenship
Jurisprudence & Philosophy Of Law
Number of Pages 176
Dimensions Width: 140mm
Height: 216mm
Spine: 11mm
Dewey Code 340.112
Weight 353g
Interest Age General Audience
Reading Age General Audience
Library of Congress Political science - Philosophy, Law - Philosophy, Natural law, Human rights - Philosophy
NBS Text Philosophy
ONIX Text Professional and scholarly

TOP