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Aquinas and God: The Question of Natural Kinds

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/9780198269670.003.0005
Aquinas and God: The Question of Natural Kinds

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This chapter examines the question about the relation of the existence of God to a consistent account of natural law theory, particularly in the writings of Thomas Aquinas. The confusion about this relation resulted from claims that natural law is intrinsically connected with the eternal law that one cannot know the natural law without knowing the eternal law. This chapter proposes a method for conceptual and structural understanding of Aquinas' account of natural law without having to imply a necessary relation to eternal law.

Keywords: natural law; Thomas Aquinas; God; eternal law; religious philosophy

Chapter.  8775 words. 

Subjects: Philosophy of Religion

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