David Foster

David Foster is an associate professor of political science and Chair of the Department of History and Political Science at Ashland University.

The Moral Foundation of American Constitutionalism

Natural law

Very few contemporary legal thinkers turn to natural law for help in interpreting the Constitution.  Among the many reasons for this, one is the belief that natural law supports slavery. Justin Dyer takes on this belief and attempts to rehabilitate natural law thinking by introducing us to a natural law constitutional tradition that vigorously opposed slavery.  Moreover, while examining that tradition, he argues that natural law is an essential presupposition of English and American constitutionalism altogether. Dyer’s title may have an academic ring to it, but his book aims high, since its goal is to recover the moral foundation of…

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