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Finnis, John

Works: 186 works in 658 publications in 6 languages and 12,559 library holdings
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Natural law and natural rights by John Finnis( Book )

103 editions published between 1979 and 2011 in 4 languages and held by 2,532 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The preliminary First Part reviews a century of analytical jurisprudence to illustrate the dependence of every descriptive social science upon evaluations by the theorist. A fully critical basis for such evaluations is a theory of natural law. Standard contemporary objections to natural law theory are reviewed and shown to rest on serious misunderstandings
Aquinas : moral, political, and legal theory by John Finnis( )

20 editions published between 1998 and 2004 in English and held by 1,877 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

This launch volume in the series presents a critical examination of St Thomas Aquinas's thought, combining an accessible, historically-informed account of his work with a reassessment of his central ideas and arguments
Moral absolutes : tradition, revision, and truth by John Finnis( )

18 editions published between 1900 and 2009 in English and Italian and held by 1,729 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Moral Absolutes sets forth a vigorous but careful critique of much recent work in moral theology. It is illustrated with examples from the most controversial aspects of Christian moral doctrine, and a frank account is given of the roots of the upheaval in Roman Catholic moral theology in and after the 1960s
The rights and wrongs of abortion by Marshall Cohen( Book )

13 editions published between 1974 and 1992 in English and held by 900 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"The essays in this book originally appeared in the quarterly journal Philosophy & public affairs."
Fundamentals of ethics by John Finnis( Book )

25 editions published between 1983 and 2007 in English and held by 785 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Nuclear deterrence, morality, and realism by John Finnis( Book )

29 editions published between 1987 and 2007 in English and held by 776 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Natural law( Book )

21 editions published between 1956 and 1991 in English and held by 342 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Philosophy of law by John Finnis( Book )

35 editions published between 2011 and 2013 in English and held by 274 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"John Finnis has been a central figure in the fundamental re-shaping of legal philosophy over the past half-century. This volume of his Collected Essays shows the full range and power of his contributions to the philosophy of law. The volume collects over twenty papers: on the foundations of law's authority; major theories and theorists of law; legal reasoning; revolutions, rights and law; and the logic of law-making. The essays collected include Finnis' recent appreciations and root-and-branch critiques of Hart's legal and political theories, his engagements with other central figures and works in the field, including Dworkin's Law's Empire; Raz on authority and coordination; Coleman, Leiter and Gardner on legal positivism and naturalism; Aquinas as founder of legal positivism; Weber on the fact-value distinction and legitimation; Unger on indeterminacy in law; Posner on intention and economics; Kelsen and courts on revolutions; game-theory and rational-choice theory; with misinterpreters of Hohfeld on rights logic; John Paul II on voting for unjust laws; the architecture of Blackstone's Commentaries; restitution in civil wrongs; and many other aspects of law and legal theory. Previously unpublished papers include two on critical or post-modern legal theory - one on analogical reasoning in law, and a survey of legal philosophy's history and current of development. An introduction carries forward the debate with his contemporaries, and the reflections on how legal philosophy got to where it is "--Publisher's information
Human rights and common good by John Finnis( Book )

32 editions published between 2011 and 2013 in English and held by 273 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"The volume begins by examining the general theory of political community and social justice. It includes the powerful and well-known Maccabaean Lecture on Bills of Rights -- a searching critique of Ronald Dworkin's moral-political arguments and conclusions, of the European Court of Human Rights' approach to fundamental rights, and of judicial review as a constitutional institution. It is followed by an equally searching analysis of Kant's thought on the intersection of law, right, and ethics. Other papers in the book's opening section include an early assessment of Rawls's A Theory of Justice, foundational discussions of migration rights, national boundaries, and the rights of non-citizens, and a challenging paper on virtue and the constitution. The volume then focuses on central problems in modern political communities, including the practice of punishment; war and justice; the public control of euthanasia and abortion; and the nature of marriage and the common good. There are careful and vigorous critiques of Nietzsche on morality, Hart on punishment, Dworkin on the enforcement of morality and on euthanasia, Rawls on justice and law, Thomson on the woman's right to choose, Nussbaum and Koppelman on same-sex relations, and Dummett and Weithman on open borders. The volume's previously unpublished papers include a fresh statement of a new grounding for the morality of sex, a surprising reading of C.S. Lewis's Abolition of Man on genetic control and contraception, and an introduction focussing on the ultimate basis of equality and human rights."--Publisher's information
Religion and public reasons by John Finnis( Book )

31 editions published between 2011 and 2013 in English and held by 267 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"The essays in Religion and Public Reasons seek to argue for, and illustrate, a central element of John Finnis's theory of natural law: that the main tenets of personal and political morality, and of a good legal order, are taught both by reason (arguments accessible to everyone) and by authentic divine revelation (teachings accessible to all who have a reasonable faith in its witnesses). The author's main books each include arguments for rejecting atheism and agnosticism; several papers here take up these arguments and indicate ways in which they open onto the reasonable grounds for accepting that more about God's nature, and about the meaning of Creation (including ongoing natural evolution), is disclosed by the revelation carried far forward among the Jewish people, and given definitive form by the Jews and Greeks who assembled in the universal Church, as witnesses of Christ, to carry forward that revelation into our present. Several papers argue that "public reason" properly includes such a religion, and that Humeian, Nietzschean, Deweyian, Rawlsian or other atheistical or deistic understandings of a reasonable secularism are badly mistaken. Many substantial papers record the author's position in controversies within Catholicism since the 1960s: on social justice, contraception and abortion; nuclear deterrence; Newman on conscience before pope; Maritain's hopes for a new Christendom and von Balthasar's for a hell empty of human persons; and on "proportionalism" and Lonerganian "historical consciousness" as moral-theological methods."--Publisher's information
Intention and identity by John Finnis( Book )

33 editions published between 2011 and 2013 in English and held by 254 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"The essays in Intention and Identity explore themes in Finnis's work touched on only lightly, if at all, in Natural Law and Natural Rights, developing profound accounts of personal identity and existence; group identity and common good; and intention and choice as action- and self-shaping. In his many-faceted study of what it is to be a human person, and a human community, Finnis not only engages with contemporary philosophers and bioethicists such as Peter Singer, Michael Lockwood and John Harris, with thinkers from other traditions such as Karol Wojtyla (John Paul II), and with judges in the highest courts. He also offers illuminating and deeply considered readings of Shakespeare and Aquinas, and debates with Roger Scruton, Joseph Raz, Hans Kelsen, John Rawls, Glanville Williams, Richard Posner, Ronald Dworkin and others. The role of intention in the criminal law and the law of civil wrongs is searchingly explored through case-law, as are judicial attempts to understand conditional and preparatory intentions. Moral or bioethical issues discussed include in vitro fertilization, cloning, abortion, euthanasia, and 'brain death', patriotism, multi-culturalism and immigration. The essays show the power of a sometimes neglected aspect of the new classical theory of natural law. The volume includes previously unpublished essays on whether brain life is relevant to the beginning of a person's life, on its relevance to the end of one's life, and a substantial introduction in which John Finnis reflects on the nature of human spirit, and on the changes in his thinking about personal reality and about how intention is to be analysed and understood, and its moral significance for individuals and groups appreciated. ."--Publisher's information
Reason in action by John Finnis( Book )

31 editions published between 2011 and 2013 in English and held by 251 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"Reason in Action collects John Finnis's work on the theory of practical reason and moral philosophy. The essays in the volume range from foundational issues of meta-ethics to the practical application of natural law theory to ethical problems such as nuclear deterrence, obscenity and free speech, and abortion and cloning. Defending the objectivity of some evaluative and moral judgments, the volume's meta-ethical papers debate with figures as diverse as Jurgen Habermas, Bernard Williams, David Hume, Max Weber, and Christine Korsgaard, and offer a new understanding of Wittgenstein's On Certainty. Further papers engage with Philippa Foot, Geoffrey Warnock, Leo Strauss, Terence Irwin, Matthew Kramer, neo-scholastic interpreters of Aquinas, utilitarians, game theorists, and Immanuel Kant on the shape of moral thought. John Rawls's conception of public reason, J.S. Mill's understanding of free speech, and Jacques Maritain's appeal to "connatural" knowledge are critically contested. Foundational questions addressed in the volume include: how legal reasoning differs from general practical reasoning; how aesthetic appreciation differs from erotic attraction; how subrational elements enter into the rational standard of fairness; how virtues depend upon principles and norms; and how incommensurabilities count in moral thought. These essays mark the development of Finnis's new classical theory of natural law, engaged with contemporary thinkers and problems. Several essays, including two previously unpublished, show the theory's emergence before Natural Law and Natural Rights. Other unpublished essays include a discussion of pornography, an analysis of freedom of speech, and a substantive introduction reflecting on the theory, its reception, and the convergence on it of capabilities theorists such as Amartya Sen and Martha Nussbaum."--Publisher's information
"Historical consciousness" and theological foundations by John Finnis( Book )

3 editions published between 1967 and 1992 in English and held by 83 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Collected essays by John Finnis( Book )

7 editions published between 2011 and 2013 in English and held by 74 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"The collected essays of John Finnis brings together 106 papers, including nearly two dozen previously unpublished works. Thematically arranged, the five volumes provide ready access to his contributions across central areas of modern practical philosophy, the philosophy of practical reason; the philosophy of personal identity and intention; political philosophy; the philosophy of law; and the philosophy of revelation and the role of religion in public life. Fully cross-referenced, cross-indexed, and introduced by the author, the collected essays reveal the connections and coherence of the different branches of Finnis's work, showing the full picture of his philosophical contribution for the first time. Covering topics from self-refutation and discourse ethics to evolution and religion, and the adoption of Bills of Rights, the work in these volumes offer a unique insight into the intellectual currents and political debates that have transformed major areas of public morality and law over the last half century" --p.4, book jacket
Is Morality Relative?( Visual )

4 editions published in 1998 in English and held by 74 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Discusses whether all morality is culturally determined, or whether some moral values are valid for all cultures. Harman, Wong and Rachels explore the claims of relativitism. The issue of child labor is explored from a relativist point of view
Debate sobre el aborto : cinco ensayos de filosofía moral by Marshall Cohen( Book )

8 editions published between 1983 and 1992 in Spanish and Undetermined and held by 57 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The collected essays of John Finnis by John Finnis( Book )

2 editions published between 2011 and 2013 in English and held by 46 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

What do you know about abortion? by John Finnis( Book )

3 editions published between 1976 and 1980 in English and held by 28 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

El derecho a la vida( Book )

5 editions published in 1998 in Spanish and held by 23 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

A Bill of rights for Britain? : the moral of contemporary jurisprudence by John Finnis( Book )

4 editions published between 1985 and 1986 in English and held by 21 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

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Natural law and natural rights
Alternative Names
Finnis-Gritschneder-Suarez, ... 1940-

Finnis, J. M. 1940-

Finnis, J. M. (John Mitchell), 1940-

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Finnis, John (John Mitchell), 1940-

Finnis, John M. 1940-

Finnis, John Mitchel

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Джон Фінніс



English (430)

Spanish (24)

Italian (10)

Chinese (3)

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Aquinas : moral, political, and legal theoryMoral absolutes : tradition, revision, and truthFundamentals of ethicsNuclear deterrence, morality, and realismNatural lawPhilosophy of lawHuman rights and common goodReligion and public reasons