Suárez and Natural Law

James Gordley

in The Philosophy of Francisco Suárez

Published in print January 2012 | ISBN: 9780199583645
Published online May 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780191738456 | DOI:
Suárez and Natural Law

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In this essay Suárez’s contribution to the development of the natural law within the Salamanca tradition are examined. Two accusations commonly laid against Suárez’s position are addressed—the charges that his account is minimal and negative on the one hand and essentialist on the other. It is argued that these two charges are conceptually connected because Suárez held a metaphysically rigid conception of what the natural law is. In Suárez’s metaphysically rigid conception the natural law becomes an abstract, almost Platonic entity, which prevented Suárez from restricting the natural law and its application to any specific circumstances.

Keywords: Francisco Suárez; natural law; essentialism

Chapter.  12111 words. 

Subjects: History of Western Philosophy

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