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Reason in Action: Collected Essays Volume I


ISBN13: 9780199689941
Published: September 2013
Publisher: Oxford University Press
Country of Publication: UK
Format: Paperback (Hardback in 2011)
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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, 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, Jacques Maritain's appeal to "connatural" knowledge, and Karl Rahner's idea of changing human nature 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 papers mark the development of Finnis's new classical theory of natural law, engaged with contemporary thinkers and problems. Several papers previously unpublished show that emergence before Natural Law and Natural Rights was written. Other unpublished papers include a discussion of pornography, an analysis of freedom of speech, and a substantive introduction reflecting on the theory, its reception, and the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.

Subjects:
Jurisprudence
Contents:
Introduction
Foundations
1: Practical Reason's Foundations
2: Discourse, Truth, and Friendship
3: Scepticism's Self-refutation
4: Self-refutation Revisited
5: Bernard Williams on Truth's Values
6: Reason, Authority, and Friendship
7: Reason, Universality, and Moral Thought
8: Objectivity and Content in Ethics
9: Is and Ought in Aquinas - Building on the Foundations
10: Action's Most Ultimate End
11: Prudence about Ends
12: Moral Absolutes in Aristotle and Aquinas
13: "Natural Law"
14: Legal Reasoning as Practical Reason - Public Reason and Unreason
15: Commensuration and Public Reason
16: "Public Reason" and Moral Debate
17: Reason, Passions, and Free Speech
18: Freedom of Speech
19: Pornography

Series: Collected Essays of John Finnis

Philosophy of Law: Collected Essays Volume IV ISBN 9780199689972
Published September 2013
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Religion and Public Reasons: Collected Essays Volume V ISBN 9780199689989
Published September 2013
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Intention and Identity: Collected Essays Volume II ISBN 9780199689958
Published September 2013
Oxford University Press
£20.99
The Collected Essays of John Finnis: Volumes I-V ISBN 9780199689934
Published September 2013
Oxford University Press
£79.00
Human Rights and Common Good: Collected Essays Volume III ISBN 9780199689965
Published September 2013
Oxford University Press
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The Collected Essays of John Finnis: Volumes I-V ISBN 9780199580040
Published April 2011
Oxford University Press
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Reason in Action: Collected Essays Volume I ISBN 9780199580057
Published April 2011
Oxford University Press
£37.99
Intention and Identity: Collected Essays Volume II ISBN 9780199580064
Published April 2011
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Human Rights and Common Good: Collected Essays Volume III (eBook) ISBN 9780191021534
Published April 2011
Oxford University Press
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Human Rights and Common Good: Collected Essays Volume III ISBN 9780199580071
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Philosophy of Law: Collected Essays Volume IV ISBN 9780199580088
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Religion and Public Reasons: Collected Essays Volume V ISBN 9780199580095
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