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Finnis, John (1940–)

Subject Philosophy

DOI: 10.1111/b.9781405106795.2004.x


British legal and moral philosopher, Professor of Law and Legal Philosophy, University of Oxford. Finnis argues for the normative assessment of the legal institutions of society in terms of natural law. Natural law is grounded in the pursuit among all societies of objective basic goods and can be used to criticize positive law as unjust. He holds that law and morality are both answerable to principles of practical reasonableness. His main works include Natural Laws and Natural Rights (1980), Fundamentals of Ethics (1983), and Moral Absolutes (1991). ... log in or subscribe to read full text

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