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Aquinas’s Theory of Natural Law: A Reconstruction

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/9780198269670.003.0004
Aquinas’s Theory of Natural Law: A Reconstruction

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This chapter proposes a reconstruction of Thomas Aquinas' theory of natural law. It aims to elucidate the texts and the metaphysics underlying Aquinas' moral theory using an approach called structural history of philosophy. The analyses of the texts considered several issues central to the moral theory in natural law. These include the presuppositions of the theory, the structure of the argument, the place of Aquinas' ethical naturalism in contemporary meta-ethics, and traditional objections to ethical naturalism.

Keywords: natural law; Thomas Aquinas; metaphysics; moral theory; ethical naturalism; meta-ethics

Chapter.  13352 words. 

Subjects: Philosophy of Religion

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