Natural Law and Human Rights: Toward a Recovery of Practical Reason

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Natural Law and Human Rights: Toward a Recovery of Practical Reason

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This first English translation of Pierre Manent s profound and strikingly original book La loi naturelle et les droits de l homme is a reflection on the central question of the Western political tradition. In six chapters, developed from the prestigious ?tienne Gilson lectures at the Institut Catholique de Paris, and in a related appendix, Manent contemplates the steady displacement of the natural law by the modern conception of human rights. He aims to restore the grammar of moral and political action, and thus the possibility of an authentically political order that is fully compatible with liberty. Manent boldly confronts the prejudices and dogmas of those who have repudiated the classical and Christian notion of “liberty under law” and in the process shows how groundless many contemporary appeals to human rights turn out to be. Manent denies that we can generate obligations from a condition of what Locke, Hobbes, and Rousseau call the “state of nature,” where human beings are