Strengths and weaknesses of Finnis' Natural Law

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  • Created on: 14-05-18 10:11

Strengths
Would lead to a safe and secure community based on absolute rules if followed

Most of the rules appeal to common sense, for example the emphasis on aesthetics and sociability is an important focus in modern educational debate, since there is a common perception that life has been downgraded by the loss of a common appeal to shared human values

Finnis' system  does not rely on God for its authority; the appeal is primarily to common sense and reason

  • It can therefore appeal to those who prefer a system with strong values, but do not want to ground that system in belief in God

Weaknesses
As with Aquinas' Natural Law, it…

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