Finnis, John

Finnis, John

Professor John Finnis (b.1940), a leading Roman Catholic philosopher and lawyer, is Professor of Law and Legal Philosophy, Oxford University and Biolchini Family Professor of Law, University of Notre Dame. He is best known as author of Natural Law and Natural Rights (1980) and one of the founders of "new natural law" thinking (with others such as Germain Grisez and Joseph Boyle). He is also a renowned Aquinas scholar.

Finnis on Wikipedia


Internet Resources

Curriculum Vitae

Curriculum Vitae [PDF]

Moral and Legal Concepts

Nature and natural law in the contemporary philosophical and theological debates: some observations, Pontifical Academy for Life, Feb 2002.

Natural Law: The Classical Tradition (major 60pp article in Oxford Handbook of Jurisprudence and Philosophy of Law) [PDF]

Natural Law Theories, Stanford Encyclopedia of Philosophy

Aquinas' Moral, Political and Legal Philosophy, Stanford Encyclopedia of Philosophy

The Priority of Persons [PDF] in Horder (ed), Oxford Essays in Jurisprudence (2000)


Medical Ethics

Theology & The Four Principles of Bioethics, in R. Gillon, Principles of Health Care Ethics, 1993 [with Anthony Fisher, OP]

Abortion & Cloning: Some New Evasions, 2000.


Sexual Ethics

Reason, Faith & Homosexual Acts, Catholic Social Scientist Review, 2001.

Law, Morality and "Sexual Orientation", Notre Dame Law Review, 1994 [PDF]

The Good of Marriage and the morality of sexual relations: some philosophical and historical observations, American Journal of Jurisprudence, 1997 [PDF]



Political/Social Ethics

Secularism, Morality & Politics [comments on Some Questions Regarding the Participation of Catholics in Political Life, from CDF], L'Osservatore Romano, Jan 2003



Economy or Explication? Telling the Truth About God and Man in a Pluralist Society [PDF]


Lectures on Video

Practical Reason

God and Man



Reviews of Finnis' Works

Aquinas: Moral, Political and Legal Theory

John J. Conley, Theological Studies, Dec 1999

Anthony J. Lisska, Cross Currents, Winter 2000





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