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Nature, Man and Law: The True Natural Law

George W. Goble
American Bar Association Journal
Vol. 41, No. 5 (MAY 1955), pp. 403-407, 473-476
Published by: American Bar Association
Stable URL: http://www.jstor.org/stable/25719182
Page Count: 9
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Abstract

The subjects of the natural law and the judicial philosophy of Mr. Justice Holmes have been the theme of several articles in the Journal in recent years. Professor Goble here shows that our knowledge of science and the history of the moral evolution of man refute the idea that "natural law" in the classical sense exists; that is, that the idea of classical "natural law" itself is unnatural and wholly man-made; he also shows that Holmes in his opinions was influenced by deep moral beliefs. Thus Professor Goble's views are in direct conflict with those who believe that Holmes' opinions were based upon a philosophy which was devoid of moral considerations, and he also points out the very real dangers to human freedom and progress of attempting to determine absolutely and forever rules for the guidance of the human race upon the basis of dogmatic beliefs derived from the "natural law".

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