Natural Law and the Possibility of a Global Ethics

  • Mark J. Cherry

Part of the Philosophical Studies in Contemporary Culture book series (PSCC, volume 11)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xix
  2. Confronting Moral Pluralism: Assessing Universal Applicability

    1. Front Matter
      Pages xxi-xxi
    2. Joseph Boyle
      Pages 1-15
    3. Mark J. Cherry
      Pages 17-38
    4. Christopher Tollefsen
      Pages 39-56
    5. Fabrice Jotterand
      Pages 57-67
  3. Engaging The Limits of Human Nature

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 69-69
    2. Nicholas Capaldi
      Pages 71-88
    3. Daniel McInerny
      Pages 89-100
    4. William J. Zanardi
      Pages 101-113
  4. Beyond Rationalistic Philosophy: Assessing Universal Accessibility

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 123-123
    2. B. Andrew Lustig
      Pages 125-140
    3. Thomas J. Bole III
      Pages 141-147
    4. Robert B. Kruschwitz
      Pages 149-162
  5. The Natural Law Tradition and a Culture in Crisis

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 169-169
    2. Phillip M. Thompson, Kevin P. Lee
      Pages 171-188
  6. Back Matter
    Pages 189-201

About this book


Accounts of natural law moral philosophy and theology sought principles and precepts for morality, law, and other forms of social authority, whose prescriptive force was not dependent for validity on human decision, social influence, past tradition, or cultural convention, but through natural reason itself.

This volume critically explores and assesses our contemporary culture wars in terms of: the possibility of natural law moral philosophy and theology to provide a unique, content-full, canonical morality; the character and nature of moral pluralism; the limits of justifiable national and international policy seeking to produce and preserve human happiness, social justice, and the common good; the ways in which morality, moral epistemology, and social political reform must be set within the broader context of an appropriately philosophically and theologically anchored anthropology. This work will be of interest to philosophers, theologians, bioethicists, ethicists and political scientists.


Moral anthropology epistemology ethics justice natural law philosophy will

Editors and affiliations

  • Mark J. Cherry
    • 1
  1. 1.Saint Edward’s UniversityAustinUSA

Bibliographic information

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  • Copyright Information Springer Science + Business Media, Inc. 2004
  • Publisher Name Springer, Dordrecht
  • eBook Packages Springer Book Archive
  • Print ISBN 978-1-4020-2223-4
  • Online ISBN 978-1-4020-2224-1
  • Series Print ISSN 0928-9518
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