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:
Natural Law Revisited

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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

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