Pierre Manent is one of France’s leading political philosophers. This month, the University of Notre Dame Press is proud to publish the first English translation of his profound and strikingly original book La loi naturelle et les droits de l’homme, a reflection on the central question of the Western political tradition. Natural Law and Human Rights is part of the Catholic Ideas for a Secular World series edited by O. Carter Snead, the William P. and Hazel B. White Director of the de Nicola Center for Ethics and Culture at the University of Notre Dame. The books in the Catholic Ideas for a Secular World series expand the influence of Catholic thought on the most important conversations in academia and the public square.
In Natural Law and Human Rights, developed from the prestigious Étienne Gilson lectures at the Institut Catholique de Paris, and in a related appendix, Manent contemplates the steady displacement of the natural law by the modern conception of human rights. He aims to restore the grammar of moral and political action, and thus the possibility of an authentically political order that is fully compatible with liberty rightly understood.
“Pierre Manent’s book is a compact feast. Once properly digested, his thesis is original and electrifying.” —Patrick Deneen, author of Why Liberalism Failed
“Pierre Manent takes on the now-daring task of rehabilitating classical natural law and does so with what might be described as Gallic verve.” —Will Morrisey, author of The Dilemma of Progressivism
Natural Law and Human Rights will interest students and scholars of politics, philosophy, and religion, and will appeal to sophisticated readers who are interested in the question of how we might reconfigure our knowledge of, and talk with one another about, politics.