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Book Review Symposium: Introduction, Francis J. Mootz Iii Jan 2006

Book Review Symposium: Introduction, Francis J. Mootz Iii

Scholarly Works

A foreword to a symposium held to discuss Gene Garver’s book, For the Sake of Argument: Practical Reasoning, Character and the Ethics of Belief (University of Chicago Press, 2004).


Natural Justice, Lawrence B. Solum Jan 2006

Natural Justice, Lawrence B. Solum

Georgetown Law Faculty Publications and Other Works

Justice is a natural virtue. Well-functioning humans are just, as are well-ordered human societies. Roughly, this means that in a well-ordered society, just humans internalize the laws and social norms (the nomoi)--they internalize lawfulness as a disposition that guides the way they relate to other humans. In societies that are mostly well-ordered, with isolated zones of substantial dysfunction, the nomoi are limited to those norms that are not clearly inconsistent with the function of law--to create the conditions for human flourishing. In a radically dysfunctional society, humans are thrown back on their own resources--doing the best they can in ...