Human Rights and Natural Law

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:
Human Rights and Natural Law

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This chapter examines the relation between natural law theory and human rights issues. The analyses of the nature of Thomas Aquinas' theory of law indicate that it is possible to derive a limited broad set of positive rights from a disposition account of human nature because rights are based on the duties grounded in the developmental features of human essence. This chapter also suggests that Aquinas' theory of natural law can also be a source of a derivation of both political and natural rights.

Keywords: natural law; human rights; Thomas Aquinas; human nature; political rights

Chapter.  9119 words. 

Subjects: Philosophy of Religion

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