Thursday, February 28, 2013

Hmm …

 Is, Ought, and Nature’s Laws | First Things. (Hat tip, Dave Lull.)

To put the matter very simply, belief in natural law is inseparable from the idea of nature as a realm shaped by final causes, oriented in their totality toward a single transcendent moral Good: one whose dictates cannot simply be deduced from our experience of the natural order, but must be received as an apocalyptic interruption of our ordinary explanations that nevertheless, miraculously, makes the natural order intelligible to us as a reality that opens up to what is more than natural.

It would be interesting to see what Bill Vallicella or Edward Feser think about this. What it implies regarding contemporary political discourse is disturbing.

1 comment:

  1. Edward Feser:

    "And yes, in answer to many inquiries, I will be writing up a response to David Bentley Hart’s recent piece on natural law in First Things."