The Central Tradition

Robert P. George

in Making Men Moral

Published in print April 1995 | ISBN: 9780198260240
Published online March 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780191682063 | DOI:

Series: Clarendon Paperbacks

The Central Tradition

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This chapter defends the perfectionist view of the central tradition and argues that it is just for a political society to enact laws that offer protection from vice and moral corruption. To further strengthen the arguments against liberal thought, the chapter focuses on the political thought of Aristotle and St. Thomas Aquinas regarding political society, laws, and moral uprightness. According to Aristotle, the polis must not only be concerned with regulating the relationship with the people but must also exert effort in making its citizens morally upright. St. Thomas Aquinas echoes the point raised by Aristotle but further expounds his idea by adding that laws should be just in themselves for no unjust law can lead people to become virtuous.

Keywords: central tradition; moral corruption; Aristotle; Thomas Aquinas

Chapter.  11753 words. 

Subjects: Jurisprudence and Philosophy of Law

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