9780268103330 hardcover ; alkaline paper 026810333X hardcover ; alkaline paper 9780268103354 9780268103361
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"[This book] explores the metaphor of law as an architectural building project, with eternal law as the foundation, natural law as the frame, divine law as the guidance provided by the architect, and human law as the provider of the defining details and ornamentation. Classical jurisprudence is presented as a synthesis of the work of the greatest minds of antiquity and the medieval period, including Cicero, Artistotle, Gratian, Augustine, and Aquinas; the significant texts of each receive detailed exposition in these pages. Along with [the author's] development of the architectural image, he raises a question that becomes a running theme throughout the book: To what extent does one need to know God to accept and understand natural law jurisprudence, given its foundational premise that all authority comes from God? The separation of the study of law from knowledge of theology and morality, [the author] argues, only results in the impoverishment of our understanding of law. [The author] concludes that they must be reunited in order for jurisprudence to flourish."-- Provided by publisher.
Bibliography, etc. Note
Includes bibliographical references and index.
Formatted Contents Note
Introducing the building project Building law on a solid foundation : the eternal law Discovering the framework : the natural law Examining the framework : the content of the natural law Consulting the architect when problems arise : the divine law Decorating the structure : the art of making human law Appointing a foreman : the basis of authority and obligation Falling off the frame : the limits of legal authority The point of the structure : justice and the causes of law The reality of the art (not the science) of law.
K235 .M389 2018
Available in Other Form
Online version: McCall, Brian M. Architecture of law. Notre Dame, Indiana : University of Notre Dame Press, 
Notre Dame, Indiana : University of Notre Dame Press,