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Biblical Natural LawA Theocentric and Teleological Approach$
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Matthew Levering

Print publication date: 2008

Print ISBN-13: 9780199535293

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: May 2008

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199535293.001.0001

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Anthropocentric Natural Law

Anthropocentric Natural Law

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Biblical Natural Law

Matthew Levering (Contributor Webpage)

Oxford University Press

This chapter surveys how modern thinkers, bracketing biblical resources, have sought to account for natural law in terms of the resources internal to the human person. After discussion of teleological and theocentric natural law doctrine as found in Cicero and Augustine, the chapter examines in detail the positions of the central moral philosophers from Descartes to Nietzsche. It argues that the path is one of the increasing reduction of the human person.

Keywords:   Cicero, Augustine, eternal law, virtue, personified nature, common good, Descartes, Nietzsche, increasing reduction

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