Mejor Edición de Obras Completas de 2011: Finnis, Collección de Ensayos

Por Jorge Luis Fabra Zamora (

Sin duda, la mejor compilación del 2011 es la edición de las obras completas de John Finnis. Ver, aquí.

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DescriptionFor over forty years John Finnis has pioneered the development of a new classical theory of natural law, a systematic philosophical explanation of human life that offers an integrated account of personal identity, practical reason, morality, political community, and law. The core of Finnis' theory, articulated in his seminal workNatural Law and Natural Rights, has profoundly influenced later work in the philosophy of law and practical reason, while his contributions to the ethical debates surrounding nuclear deterrence, abortion, and sexual morality have been a powerful, and controversial exposition of the practical implications of his theory of natural law.
The Collected Essays of John Finnis brings together 122 papers, including over two dozen previously unpublished works. Thematically arranged, the five volumes provide ready access to his contributions across central areas of modern practical philosophy - the philosophy of practical reason; the philosophy of personal identity and intention; political philosophy; the philosophy of law; and the philosophy of revelation and the role of religion in public life. Fully cross-referenced, cross-indexed, and introduced by the author, the Collected Essays reveal the connections and coherence of the different branches of Finnis' work, showing the full picture of his philosophical contribution for the first time.
Covering topics from the nature of divine revelation, the morality of abortion, to the adoption of Bills of Rights, the work in these volumes offer a unique insight into the intellectual currents and political debates that have transformed major areas of public morality and law over the last half century. Together with the new edition of Natural Law and Natural Rights, they will be an essential resource for all those engaged with the philosophy of law and broader questions in practical philosophy.Features
  • Provides access to the full range of John Finnis's work across legal, political, and moral philosophy, and theology
  • Includes thirty-three essays published here for the first time
  • The essays engage with the central intellectual currents shaping modern ethical and political debates, from the foundational to the practical level
  • Each volume features an original introduction by the author drawing together his work on the area

Reason in Action: Collected Essays Volume IIntention and Identity: Collected Essays Volume IIHuman Rights and Common Good: Collected Essays Volume IIIPhilosophy of Law: Collected Essays Volume IVReligion and Public Reason: Collected Essays Volume V 

Además, esto vino con una reedición del Clásico, Natural Law and Natural Rights, originalmente publicado en 1980, con un post-script.

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  • A classic work, still essential reading for all those interested in the philosophy of law and religious ethics
  • Adds a substantial postscript by the author developing and refining the theory in response to thirty years of discussion, criticism, and further work in the field
  • Pagination matches the original edition, allowing citations to be followed in the new edition
First published in 1980, Natural Law and Natural Rights is widely heralded as a seminal contribution to the philosophy of law, and an authoritative restatement of natural law doctrine. It has offered generations of students and other readers a thorough grounding in the central issues of legal, moral, and political philosophy from Finnis's distinctive perspective. This new edition includes a substantial postscript by the author, in which he responds to thirty years of discussion, criticism and further work in the field to develop and refine the original theory.
The book closely integrates the philosophy of law with ethics, social theory and political philosophy. The author develops a sustained and substantive argument; it is not a review of other people's arguments but makes frequent illustrative and critical reference to classical, modern, and contemporary writers in ethics, social and political theory, and jurisprudence.
The preliminary First Part reviews a century of analytical jurisprudence to illustrate the dependence of every descriptive social science upon evaluations by the theorist. A fully critical basis for such evaluations is a theory of natural law. Standard contemporary objections to natural law theory are reviewed and shown to rest on serious misunderstandings.
The Second Part develops in ten carefully structured chapters an account of: basic human goods and basic requirements of practical reasonableness, community and 'the common good'; justice; the logical structure of rights-talk; the bases of human rights, their specification and their limits; authority, and the formation of authoritative rules by non-authoritative persons and procedures; law, the Rule of Law, and the derivation of laws from the principles of practical reasonableness; the complex relation between legal and moral obligation; and the practical and theoretical problems created by unjust laws.
A final Part develops a vigorous argument about the relation between 'natural law', 'natural theology' and 'revelation' - between moral concern and other ultimate questions.Readership: Students of law and philosophy, academics working on law, moral philosophy or theology, especially religious ethics.