C. S. Lewis on Politics and the Natural Law

Author: Justin Buckley Dyer,Micah Joel Watson

Publisher: Cambridge University Press

ISBN: 1107108241

Category: Philosophy

Page: 170

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This book shows how Lewis was interested in the truths and falsehoods about human nature and how these conceptions manifest themselves in the public square.

C. S. Lewis on Politics and the Natural Law

Author: Justin Buckley Dyer,Micah J. Watson

Publisher: Cambridge University Press

ISBN: 1316790738

Category: Political Science

Page: N.A

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Conventional wisdom holds that C. S. Lewis was uninterested in politics and public affairs. The conventional wisdom is wrong. As Justin Buckley Dyer and Micah J. Watson show in this groundbreaking work, Lewis was deeply interested in the fundamental truths and falsehoods about human nature and how these conceptions manifest themselves in the contested and turbulent public square. Ranging from the depths of Lewis' philosophical treatments of epistemology and moral pedagogy to practical considerations of morals legislation and responsible citizenship, this book explores the contours of Lewis' multi-faceted Christian engagement with political philosophy generally and the natural-law tradition in particular. Drawing from the full range of Lewis' corpus and situating his thought in relationship to both ancient and modern seminal thinkers, C. S. Lewis on Politics and the Natural Law offers an unprecedented look at politics and political thought from the perspective of one of the twentieth century's most influential writers.

Contemporary Perspectives on C.S. Lewis' 'The Abolition of Man'

History, Philosophy, Education, and Science

Author: Timothy M. Mosteller,Gayne John Anacker

Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing

ISBN: 1474296459

Category: Philosophy

Page: 208

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Beginning with a clear account of the historical setting for The Abolition of Man and its place within C.S. Lewis' corpus of writing, Contemporary Perspectives on C. S. Lewis' The Abolition of Man: History, Philosophy, Education and Science assesses and appraises Lewis' seminal lectures, providing a thorough analysis of the themes and subjects that are raised. Chapters focus on the major areas of thought including: philosophy, natural law, education, literature, politics, theology, science, biotechnology and the connection between the Ransom Trilogy. Drawing on Lewis' central ideas, they tackle questions such as, is The Abolition of Man hostile to scientific inquiry? Does Lewis provide an adequate rational defense of natural moral law? Do the lectures address the philosophical questions of the 21st century as Lewis sought to provide answers to philosophical questions of the 20th century? Dealing with themes across multiple areas of human inquiry, the authors bring expertise from their respective fields to bear on the core issues raised in Lewis' lectures. The result is an interdisciplinary approach that offers the first comprehensive scholarly treatment of The Abolition of Man, one of the most debated of Lewis' works.

American Interpretations of Natural Law

A Study in the History of Political Thought

Author: Benjamin Fletcher Wright

Publisher: Routledge

ISBN: 1351532669

Category: Philosophy

Page: 274

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This book illustrates the deep roots of natural law doctrines in America's political culture. Originally published in 1931, the volume shows that American interpretations of natural law go to the philosophical heart of the American regime. The Declaration of Independence is the preeminent example of natural law in American political thought?it is the self-evident truth of American society.Benjamin Wright proposes that the decline of natural law as a guiding factor in American political behaviour is inevitable as America's democracy matures and broadens. What Wright also chronicled, inadvertently, was how the progressive critique of natural law has opened a rift between and among some of the ruling elites and large numbers of Americans who continue to accept it. Progressive elites who reject natural law do not share the same political culture as many of their fellow citizens.Wright's work is important because, as Leo Strauss and others have observed, the decline of natural law is a development that has not had a happy ending in other societies in the twentieth century. There is no reason to believe it will be different in the United States.

Natural Law

The Foundation of an Orderly Economic System

Author: Alberto M. Piedra

Publisher: Lexington Books

ISBN: 0739158074

Category: Religion

Page: 224

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Author Alberto M. Piedra lucidly illustrates the notion of 'natural law' through the examination of economic, social, political, and cultural issues. In this work Piedra draws on classical and Christian sources as well as his personal experience as an economist, diplomat, and lecturer on world politics to address philosophical views in a constructive and morally guided exegesis of natural law and economics. This innovative book shows the value of appeals to a governing, natural law and attendant principles such as the common good, subsidiarity, hierarchy, spiritual welfare, the reciprocity of freedom and authority, and the cultivation of personal moral and intellectual virtue. Natural Law will appeal to scholars, professionals, and others interested in the cultivation of personal moral and intellectual virtue.

Uncovering the Constitution's Moral Design

Author: Paul R. DeHart

Publisher: University of Missouri Press

ISBN: 0826266088

Category: Law

Page: 298

View: 7292

"DeHart examines our constitution's normative framework and moral meaning. He challenges the logical coherency of modern moral philosophy, normative positivism, and other theories that the constitution has been argued to embody and offers groundbreaking methodology that can be applied to uncovering the normative framework of other constitutions as well"--Provided by publisher.

The Political Theory of the American Founding

Author: Thomas G. West

Publisher: Cambridge University Press

ISBN: 110714048X

Category: History

Page: 465

View: 1761

This book provides a complete overview of the Founders' natural rights theory and its policy implications.

The Abolition of Man

Author: C. S. Lewis

Publisher: Harper Collins

ISBN: 9780061949135

Category: Religion

Page: 128

View: 4523

In the classic The Abolition of Man, C.S. Lewis, the most important Christian writer of the 20th century, sets out to persuade his audience of the importance and relevance of universal values such as courage and honor in contemporary society. Both astonishing and prophetic, The Abolition of Man is one of the most debated of Lewis’s extraordinary works. National Review chose it as number seven on their "100 Best Nonfiction Books of the Twentieth Century."

Reading C.S. Lewis

A Commentary

Author: Wesley A. Kort

Publisher: Oxford University Press, USA

ISBN: 0190221348

Category:

Page: 312

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Strongly divided evaluations of C.S. Lewis's work persist today based on his perspectives and writings on religion, particularly Christianity. Those who approve tend to see his work as of value primarily because it gives his academic and cultural value to his advocacy of Christianity. Conversely, those who disapprove of that advocacy tend to see the worth of his writing as vitiated by his apologetic agenda. Wesley Kort's book sets a new standard in C.S. Lewis studies, arguing for an alternative perspective that considers Lewis's work as a whole, investigating why and at what points Lewis turns to religion generally and to Christianity particularly in order to advance his arguments. This book provides a captivating look into the many cultural, academic, and literary contexts that influenced his many texts. The book examines the standing of Lewis's work, how best to approach his work, as well as the understandings that lead to mistaken readings of him. This indispensable C.S. Lewis resource comments separately on each of more than a dozen of Lewis's major books, connecting readers to the particular literature, religion, and philosophy of C.S. Lewis.0These commentaries are free-standing essays, analyses and interpretations of texts that can be read individually and in any order. Scholars and fans of C.S. Lewis will appreciate Kort's commentary and guide to the texts in this new light.

Second Look at First Things

A Case for Conservative Politics : the Hadley Arkes Festschrift

Author: Francis J. Beckwith,Robert P. George,Susan McWilliams,Susan Jane McWilliams

Publisher: St Augustine PressInc

ISBN: 9781587317590

Category: Political Science

Page: 330

View: 704

The conservative movement in America seems to have fallen on hard times. Even though conservative talk radio is at its height, and President Obama had to shift to the political center to win the 2008 election (only to disappoint months after his inauguration), conservative ideas garner little excitement or serious engagement among young people as they once did even just two decades ago. We have gone from Eric Voegelin "Don't immanentize the eschaton" to Hannity's "Sean, you're a great American." To be sure, many conservative and liberal young people have firm opinions on issues along the conservative-liberal fault line. They can opine, and fiercely so, by blog, twitter, or email on issues as wide ranging as same-sex marriage, Constitutional interpretation, abortion, free markets, and the role of religion in the public square. But very few, if any, of them seem to be aware of the intellectual patrimony from which their views sprang, and the arguments and reasons that animated the proponents of the ideas they claim to sincerely and deeply hold. "Hope" and "change," though fine words in their own right, do not qualify as actual ideas that may guide presidents and prime ministers to excellence in statecraft. There was a time when many students in college or graduate school would participate in robust discussions with friend and foe alike about the ideas and arguments plumbed from the works authored by conservative luminaries as diverse as Hayek, Strauss, Voegelin, Buckley, Weaver, Friedman, Kirk, Lewis, Chesterton, and Anscombe, to name just a few. Sadly, there is very little of this going on today in our universities and colleges. A Second Look at First Things: A Case for Conservative Politics has two purposes. The first is to remedy this contemporary deficit by offering, in one volume, an intelligent, winsome, and readable articulation of conservative ideas on a variety of issues and questions. They range from the abstract ("Why the Natural Law Suggests a Divine Source") to the practical ("Lincoln and the Art of Political Leadership"), and to the provocative ("Being Personal These Days: Designer Babies and the Future of Liberal Democracy"). The second purpose is to honor the great conservative political philosopher, Hadley P. Arkes, the Edward Ney Professor of Jurisprudence and American Institutions at Amherst College. In 2010 he celebrated his 70th birthday, and 2011 marked the 25th anniversary of his classic monograph on natural law and public policy, First Things: An -Inquiry Into the First Principles of Morals and Justice (Princeton University Press, 1986). So, in celebration of these milestones, the editors have chosen to produce a work that is consistent with Hadley's vocation as an exceptional teacher of young people. Although most of those who have read Hadley's books and articles think of him as an engaging and productive scholar, which indeed he is, his students - including both those at Amherst as well as those who have had the privilege to hear his spell-binding lectures elsewhere - know him as an outstanding teacher. His ability to unpack a principle of jurisprudence by weaving together an analytical argument with an enthralling tale or insightful anecdote is truly magical to behold. Contributors include Michael Novak, Daniel Robinson, Gerard Bradley, Allen Guelzo, Peter Augustine Lawler, Larry Arnn, James Schall, s.j., and Christopher Tollefesen.

War, Peace, and Christianity

Questions and Answers from a Just-War Perspective

Author: J. Daryl Charles,Timothy J. Demy

Publisher: Crossway

ISBN: 9781433524196

Category: Religion

Page: 416

View: 1005

With issues of war and peace at the forefront of current events, an informed Christian response is needed. This timely volume answers 104 questions from a just-war perspective, offering thoughtful yet succinct answers. Ranging from the theoretical to the practical, the volume looks at how the just-war perspective relates to the philosopher, historian, statesman, theologian, combatant, and individual—with particular emphases on its historical development and application to contemporary geopolitical challenges. Forgoing ideological extremes, Charles and Demy give much attention to the biblical teaching on the subject as they provide moral guidance. A valuable resource for considering the ethical issues relating to war, Christians will find this book's user-friendly format a helpful starting point for discussion.

God and International Relations

Christian Theology and World Politics

Author: Mika Luoma-Aho

Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing USA

ISBN: 144112232X

Category: Political Science

Page: 192

View: 2014

Religion is prevalent in world politics today, and international relation theory is at pains to understand and explain this phenomenon. This unique study aims to introduce political theology as an appropriate tool to the study of international relations. In accordance with the political theology of Carl Schmitt, which states that modern political concepts are secularized theological concepts, the work questions the "secular" foundations of contemporary international relations theory. Thus it reveals the Christian foundations of the discipline of international relations and delivers a critique of some of its most fundamental theoretical elements, such as its secular view of religion as part of the "irrational," its deification of the political form of the nation state, and its negation of theism in its understanding of responsibility in world politics. The result is a primer on how international relations and its studies have grown out of the political imagination of Christian theology. It will appeal to anyone interested in critical approaches to the field as well as in politics and religion, political theory, and political theology.

The Revenge of Conscience

Politics and the Fall of Man

Author: J. Budziszewski

Publisher: Wipf and Stock Publishers

ISBN: 1608997529

Category: Religion

Page: 182

View: 1667

Describing the political effects of Original Sin, Professor Budziszewski shows how man's suppression of his knowledge of right and wrong corrupts his conscience and accelerates social collapse. The depraved conscience grasps at the illusion of moral neutrality, the absurd notion that men live together without a shared understanding of how things are. After evaluating the political devices, including the American Constitution, by which men have tried in the past to work around the effects of Original Sin, Dr. Budziszewski elucidates the pitfalls of contemporary communitarianism, liberalism, and conservatism.

Mere Christianity

Author: C. S. Lewis

Publisher: Zondervan

ISBN: 0060652888

Category: Religion

Page: 256

View: 5353

A forceful and accessible discussion of Christian belief that has become one of the most popular introductions to Christianity and one of the most popular of Lewis's books. Uncovers common ground upon which all Christians can stand together.

Kingship

The Politics of Enchantmant

Author: Francis Oakley

Publisher: John Wiley & Sons

ISBN: 0470692898

Category: History

Page: 208

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From despots to powerless figureheads, and from the Neolithic era to the present, this book traces the history of kingship around the world and the tenacity of its connection with the sacred. Considers the many forms that kingship took during this period, including: the Pharaohs of ancient Egypt; the emperors of Japan; the Maya rulers of Mesoamerica; the medieval popes and emperors; and the English and French monarchs of early modern Europe Explores the panoply of governing roles that kingship involved – administrative, military, judicial, economic, religious and symbolic – but focussing on its connection with the sacred. Draws on the insights of cultural anthropology and comparative religion, as well as the on the resources provided by historians.

The Intellectual World of C. S. Lewis

Author: Alister E. McGrath

Publisher: John Wiley & Sons

ISBN: 1118503163

Category: Religion

Page: 208

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Marking the 50th anniversary of Lewis’ death, The Intellectual World of C. S. Lewis sees leading Christian thinker Alister McGrath offering a fresh approach to understanding the key themes at the centre of Lewis’ theological work and intellectual development. Brings together a collection of original essays exploring important themes within Lewis’ work, offering new connections and insights into his theology Throws new light on subjects including Lewis’ intellectual development, the uses of images in literature and theology, the place of myth in modern thought, the role of the imagination in making sense of the world, the celebrated 'argument from desire', and Lewis’ place as an Anglican thinker and a Christian theologian Written by Alister McGrath, one of the world’s leading Christian thinkers and authors; this exceptional pairing of McGrath and Lewis brings together the work of two outstanding theologians in one volume

A Guide to the Missouri Constitution

Author: Greg Casey,Justin Buckley Dyer

Publisher: W. W. Norton

ISBN: 9780393283273

Category: Political Science

Page: 300

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Contextual commentary guides readers through a carefully abridged version of the Missouri State Constitution.

Retrieving the Natural Law

A Return to Moral First Things

Author: J. Daryl Charles

Publisher: Wm. B. Eerdmans Publishing

ISBN: 080282594X

Category: Law

Page: 346

View: 8981

"In this volume J. Daryl Charles offers a trenchant response to the dearth of Protestant thinking on common-ground moral discourse. Retrieving the Natural Law restates "moral first things" and uniquely applies natural-law thinking to crucial current bioethical issues."--BOOK JACKET.

What We Can't Not Know

A Guide

Author: J. Budziszewski

Publisher: Ignatius Press

ISBN: 1586174819

Category: Religion

Page: 300

View: 8299

Professor J. Budziszewski questions the modern assumption that moral truths are unknowable. With clear and logical arguments he rehabilitates the natural law tradition and restores confidence in a moral code based upon human nature. --from publisher description.

C.S. Lewis

Memories and Reflections

Author: John Lawlor

Publisher: Spence Pub

ISBN: 9781890626082

Category: Biography & Autobiography

Page: 132

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This uniquely personal book, the fruit of a thirty-year friendship, offers an intimate portrait of Lewis the tutor, scholar, and friend, along with new insights into his towering literary and scholarly achievement.