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Natural Law as Political Philosophy

Ian Hunter

in The Oxford Handbook of Philosophy in Early Modern Europe

Published in print January 2011 | ISBN: 9780199556137
Published online May 2011 | | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/oxfordhb/9780199556137.003.0023

Series: Oxford Handbooks in Philosophy

Natural Law as Political Philosophy

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This article examines the conception of natural law as political philosophy in early modern Europe. It offers an outline of several different contextual uses of the language of natural law, as it was deployed in formulating the intellectual architecture for rival constructions of political and religious authority. It highlights the contribution of Thomas Aquinas in providing not only an authoritative model for the natural law for writers of the sixteenth-century and the ‘second scholasticism’ but also for setting the scene for their anti-scholastic opponents of the following century.

Keywords: natural law; political philosophy; Europe; intellectual architecture; Thomas Aquinas; scholasticism

Article.  12035 words. 

Subjects: Philosophy ; History of Western Philosophy ; Social and Political Philosophy

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