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The Foundations of Natural Morality: On the Compatibility of Natural Rights and the Natural Law

S. Adam Seagrave


This book argues for a concept of natural morality that unites the concepts of natural rights and the natural law in a new and compelling way. Drawing on the thought of John Locke and St. Thomas Aquinas, it is argued that natural rights and the natural law are each derived independently from the single underlying fact of self-ownership through self-consciousness. From an intellectual historical standpoint, this argument includes the claim that while the idea of natural rights is a distinctly modern one and the idea of the natural law is a distinctly classical and medieval one, these two ideas ... More

Keywords: morality, rights, natural law, Locke, St. Thomas Aquinas, Leo Strauss, Jacques Maritain, New Natural Law, Intellectual history, Same-sex marriage

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2014 Print ISBN-13: 9780226123431
Published to Chicago Scholarship Online: September 2014 DOI:10.7208/chicago/9780226123578.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

S. Adam Seagrave, author