The Defence of Natural Law comprises a study of the philosophies of law expounded by Lon L. Fuller, Michael Oakeshott, F.A. Hayek, Ronald Dworkin and John Finnis. The work of these theorists is situated in relation to the modern tradition in legal philosophy. In this way, it is demonstrated that the theorists adhered closely to the natural law standpoint in legal philosophy, while also defending the particular view of the proper functions of law and the state that distinguished the tradition of modern liberalism.
Table Of Contents:
Preface - Acknowledgements - Introduction: Modern Legal Philosophy - Lon L. Fuller and the Defence of Natural Law - Michael Oakeshott and F.A. Hayek: Natural Law and the Philosophy of Liberal Conservatism - Ronald Dworkin: Legal Philosophy and the Liberal Theory of Justice - John Finnis: Thomism and the Philosophy of Natural Law - Conclusion - Notes - Bibliography - Index