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Concluding Comments: Prospects and Pitfalls for Natural Law Theory

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/9780198269670.003.0010
Concluding Comments: Prospects and Pitfalls for Natural Law Theory

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This concluding chapter discusses the prospects and pitfalls of Thomas Aquinas' natural law theory. It highlights the renewed interest in natural law theory in contemporary philosophy of law and suggests that the re-emergence of natural law in both meta-ethics and in jurisprudence indicate the need that more work should be undertaken in these areas and a substantive theory of natural law should be developed. One of the most noted pitfalls of natural law is its close association with morality, which can lead to a repressive system of both law and morality.

Keywords: natural law theory; Thomas Aquinas; philosophy of law; jurisprudence; meta-ethics; morality

Chapter.  4433 words. 

Subjects: Philosophy of Religion

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