Morality and the Human Goods: An Introduction to Natural Law Ethics

Review of Metaphysics 57 (2):406-407 (2003)

Jonathan J. Sanford
University of Dallas
This book is intended for “students and readers not formally trained in philosophy who feel the need for a reliable conceptual structure for their own thinking in the midst of the confusing array of moral views expressed today”. It is systematic in structure and almost no mention is made of the historical sources for natural law ethics until the appendix, where Gómez-Lobo credits Grisez and especially Finnis for shaping much of the book’s content. Gómez-Lobo proceeds under the assumption that “certain norms are common to mankind, and that they are not crafted by man”, and, drawing from Plato’s Crito, he invites his readers to explore his claims as interlocutors on equal footing who share a commitment to rational persuasion.
Keywords Catholic Tradition  Contemporary Philosophy  General Interest
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