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Natural Law and Contemporary Philosophy

Anthony J. Lisska

in Aquinas’s Theory of Natural Law

Published in print November 1997 | ISBN: 9780198269670
Published online October 2011 | e-ISBN: 9780191683732 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198269670.003.0002
Natural Law and Contemporary Philosophy

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This chapter examines natural law and contemporary philosophy in relation to the works of Thomas Aquinas. It discusses natural law jurisprudence and considers natural law meta-ethics. It identifies the common dimensions of foundational inquiry into naturalism with special emphasis on developing an analytic interpretation of Aquinas' theory of natural law. This chapter also provides an account of recent works that brought Aristotle and Aquinas to the forefront of ethical theory-making in the 20th century.

Keywords: natural law; contemporary philosophy; Thomas Aquinas; jurisprudence; meta-ethics; Aristotle; ethical theory; naturalism

Chapter.  15323 words. 

Subjects: Philosophy of Religion

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