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Natural Law and Human Rights
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Daniel J. Mahoney is the Augustinian Boulanger Chair and professor of political science at Assumption College.

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"It takes a bold man to offer public criticism of the idea of 'human rights.' . . . The western world is blessed to have such a man-bold, profound, and prudent-in Pierre Manent. All of these virtues are displayed in his excellent new book, Natural Law and Human Rights. . . . the book is rich in insight, the fruit of Manent's decades of deep meditation on the history of political philosophy and on the intellectual, moral, and political predicament of the modern world." -Public Discourse

""Manent's prescient critique of human rights may be the best tool at our disposal to interpret the weaknesses that COVID-19 has revealed. The modern politics of human rights is too individualistic, too theoretical, and too technical, Manent warns, all faults that poison our ability to deliberate the natural ends of man and make a real choices, take real actions." -The American Mind

"This is a bold book, and Patrick Deneen's back-cover blurb of this book as a 'compact feast' may undersell it. This book is a treasure chest, for in a little more than 100 pages Manent lavishly offers gems of insight. His greatest jewel of wisdom is that modern man cannot win his fight against the natural law, for it is still part of him, deny it though he may." -The Federalist

"In Natural Law and Human Rights, the French philosopher Pierre Manent provides a searching critique of the doctrines, policies, and practices of 'human rights' prevailing today. To interpret or replace them, he proposes the original natural law that is always available to anyone who ponders the basic human experiences. That law, knowable and accessible in our time, is our guide to live for the best." -Harvey C. Mansfield, Kenan Professor of Government, Harvard University; Senior Fellow, the Hoover Institution, Stanford University


"Manent's prescient critique of human rights may be the best tool at our disposal to interpret the weaknesses that COVID-19 has revealed. The modern politics of human rights is too individualistic, too theoretical, and too technical, Manent warns, all faults that poison our ability to deliberate the natural ends of man and make a real choices, take real actions." -The American Mind

"Pierre Manent's book is a compact feast. Once properly digested, his thesis is original and electrifying." -Patrick Deneen, author of Why Liberalism Failed

"Why is the 'critique of modernity' such a ubiquitous genre? . . . Natural Law and Human Rights, the new book by formidable French political theorist Pierre Manent, provides another framework for understanding the proliferation of these critiques of modernity." -The Hedgehog Review

"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

"It takes a bold man to offer public criticism of the idea of 'human rights.' . . . The western world is blessed to have such a man-bold, profound, and prudent-in Pierre Manent. All of these virtues are displayed in his excellent new book, Natural Law and Human Rights. . . . the book is rich in insight, the fruit of Manent's decades of deep meditation on the history of political philosophy and on the intellectual, moral, and political predicament of the modern world." -Public Discourse

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