Friday, December 10, 2010

Thom Brooks on "Natural Law Internalism"

. . . can be found here on SSRN. The abstract:

"G. W. F. Hegel developed a new understanding of natural law that departs from both traditional and more contemporary accounts. Natural lawyers defend standards that are external to the law in order to survey the merits of law. Call these accounts theories of natural law externalism. Hegel offers a very different account where we survey the merits of law through a standard that is internal to law. This essay will explain Hegel’s natural law internalism and whether it marks an advance on existing natural law accounts. I will argue that Hegel offers us a novel understanding of natural law that is compelling, but ultimately unstable and problematic."

Comments most welcome!


David Hickey said...

Just read this. Nicely done. Informative and clear. It would also serve as a great introduction to Hegel in that it clearly explicates the peculiar dynamic in his thinking. A minor note: I like how you managed to never once use the term 'pragmatism'! The baggage that term carries can often obfuscate the real significance of Hegel.

The Brooks Blog said...

This is extremely kind of you, David. You are quite right: no mention of 'pragmatism', a term that I believe has been wrongly applied to Hegel's philosophy and, in my view, not a philosophical position he would have attributed to himself. Glad you enjoyed it!

Patrick S. O'Donnell said...


My comment is far too long so I'm e-mailing it to you.

Best wishes,