The Idea Of Basic Goods

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JOHN FINNIS: THE IDEA OF BASIC GOODS
(Project Report to the Term Paper towards the partial fulfillment of the assessment in the subject Jurisprudence-I)

Submitted By: Submitted To:
Abhinav Raj (1182) Mr. S. K. Kaushik
B.A., LL.B Faculty of Jurisprudence
III Semester
AishwaryaTripathi (1188)
B.A., LL.B
III Semester

Submitted on-17/08/2015

NATIONAL LAW UNIVERSITY, JODHPUR
SUMMER SESSION
(JULY-NOVEMBER 2015)
Acknowledgement
A major research project like this is never the work of anyone alone. The contributions of many different people, in their different ways, have made this possible. I would like to thank God for the wisdom and
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Abhinav Raj
AishwaryaTripathi

Table of Contents
INTRODUCTION 4
ABOUT JOHN FINNIS 6
FIRST PRINCIPLE OF PRACTICAL REASON (FPPR) 7
What is a basic good? 7
Reality of These Basic Goods 9
The Source of These Basic Goods 9
Importance of the List of Basic Goods- 10
HITTINGER’S CRITIQUE ON JOHN FINNIS’S IDEA OF BASIC GOODS 11

INTRODUCTION
JohnFinnis commences his analysis with a defence of naturalist jurisprudence and then offers new insights into what positivism is and what is its relationship with natural law theories. He convincingly and forcefully shows that positivists opposition to natural law is redundant because what positivsts see as realities to be affirmed are already affirmed by natural law theory, and what they describe as illusions to be affirmed are not part of natural law.
JohnFinnis work is urging us to return to more classical as well as individual richer notion of natural law espoused by St. Thomas Acquinas that builds on the work of Aristotile and Cicero. This means an idea of natural law which is basically focused on achievement of good and ultimately on achievement on what, from social perspective by which we came to a conclusion of common goods. This creates an idea of although law and morality are not exactly the same but it is almost impossible to separate law completely from morality. All rights either legal or natural are aimed at enhancing some good. Some of the goods may be said to be intermediate or that is to say
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