Wednesday, March 13, 2013

James Seth on Natural Law and Legal Theory

. . . is now available on SSRN here. The paper's abstract:

"This article argues that James Seth provides illuminating contributions to our understanding of law and, more specifically, the natural law tradition. Seth defends a unique perspective through his emphasis on personalism that helps identify a distinctive and compelling account of natural law and legal moralism. The next section surveys standard positions in the natural law tradition. This is followed with an examination of Seth’s approach and the article concludes with analysis of its wider importance for scholars of Seth’s work as well as legal philosophers more generally."

It must be said - the shock self-admission of the year thus far? - that James Seth is fast becoming my favourite philosopher. An extraordinary life and his A Study of Ethical Principles a profound contribution to philosophy. Seth has been a particularly heavy influence on my Hegelian-inspired defence of the unified theory of punishment and punitive restoration. I expect this will be the first of many papers to come over the years that I'll devote to unpicking and defending Seth's views.

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