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Natural Law and Human Rights: Toward a Recovery of Practical Reasonge History of a Radical Idea (Hardback)

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

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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... read full description below.

ISBN 9780268107215
Barcode 9780268107215
Release Date 28 February 2020 by University of Notre Dame Press
Format Hardback
Series Catholic Ideas for a Secular World
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ISBN-13 9780268107215
ISBN-10 0268107211
Stock Release date is 28 February 2020
Status Available for pre-order, ships once internationally released 28 Feb 2020
Publisher University of Notre Dame Press
Imprint University of Notre Dame Press
Release Date 28 February 2020
Publication Country United States United States
Format Hardback
Author(s) By Manent, Pierre
Other Hancock, Ralph C.
Foreword by Mahoney, Daniel J.
Series Catholic Ideas for a Secular World
Category Social & Political Philosophy
Human Rights
Foundations Of Law
Number of Pages 132
Dimensions Width: 140mm
Height: 216mm
Weight Not specified - defaults to 1,000g
Interest Age General Audience
Reading Age General Audience
ONIX Text Professional and scholarly
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Description of this Book

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, developed 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.

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Awards, Reviews & Star Ratings

NZ Review Pierre Manent's short book is a compact feast. Once properly digested, his thesis is original and electrifying. His reflections on the crisis of modernity wrought by the abandonment of a properly governing natural law explain the anti-humanism of our age. Most constructively, he argues that only through a reconstitution of natural law might there come about a restoration of politics against the anti-political technocracy of modern liberalism. --Patrick Deneen, University of Notre Dame Pierre Manent takes on the now-daring task of rehabilitating classical natural law, and does so with what might be described as Gallic verve. --Will Morrisey, William and Patricia LaMothe Chair Emeritus, Hillsdale College

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Author's Bio

Pierre Manent is professor emeritus of political philosophy at the Ecole des Hautes Etudes en Sciences Sociales. He is the author of numerous books, including Metamorphoses of the City: On the Western Dynamic. Ralph C. Hancock is professor of political science at Brigham Young University. Daniel J. Mahoney is the Augustinian Boulanger Chair and professor of political science at Assumption College.

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