Natural Law and Normative Inclinations

Crowe, Jonathan (2015) Natural Law and Normative Inclinations. Ratio Juris, 28 1: 52-67. doi:10.1111/raju.12066

Author Crowe, Jonathan
Title Natural Law and Normative Inclinations
Journal name Ratio Juris   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 0952-1917
Publication date 2015
Year available 2015
Sub-type Article (original research)
DOI 10.1111/raju.12066
Open Access Status
Volume 28
Issue 1
Start page 52
End page 67
Total pages 16
Place of publication Chichester, West Sussex, United Kingdom
Publisher Wiley-Blackwell Publishing
Collection year 2016
Language eng
Formatted abstract
Natural law ethics holds that practical rationality consists in engaging in non-defective ways with a range of fundamental goods. These basic goods are characteristically presented as reflecting the natural properties of humans, but the details of this picture vary widely. This article argues that natural law ethics can usefully be understood as a type of dispositional theory of value, which identifies the basic goods with those objectives that humans are characteristically disposed to pursue and value for their own sake. Natural law theories of practical rationality can then be understood as attempts to capture the principles that would govern engagement with the basic goods under ideal conditions. The article begins by offering an account of normative inclinations as human dispositions both to act in certain ways and to believe that the actions are worthwhile or required. It then explores the implications of this account for natural law ethics, discussing the role of the basic goods in practical rationality, whether the goods may change over time and the connection between the goods and human nature.
Q-Index Code C1
Q-Index Status Confirmed Code
Institutional Status UQ

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