Chapter

Natural Law Revisited

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/9780198269670.003.0008
Natural Law Revisited

Show Summary Details

Preview

This chapter examines how Thomas Aquinas' natural law ethical theory might fit into the programme of contemporary moral and legal discussions. The analyses in this chapter indicate how Aristotle and Thomas Aquinas might resolve the is/ought problem and transcend the naturalistic fallacy. This chapter identifies several principles that Aquinas needs to assume in order for his theory of natural law to be a consistent theory of ethical naturalism. These principles include a theory of natural kinds, a metaphysics of finality, and a consistent theory of practical reason.

Keywords: natural law; ethical theory; Thomas Aquinas; Aristotle; naturalistic fallacy; ethical naturalism; reason; finality

Chapter.  13259 words. 

Subjects: Philosophy of Religion

Full text: subscription required

How to subscribe Recommend to my Librarian

Buy this work at Oxford University Press »

Users without a subscription are not able to see the full content. Please, subscribe or login to access all content.