Jean Porter on Natural Law: Thomistic Notes

Lawrence Dewan

in Wisdom, Law, and Virtue

Published by Fordham University Press

Published in print February 2007 | ISBN: 9780823227969
Published online March 2011 | e-ISBN: 9780823237210 | DOI:

Series: Moral Philosophy and Moral Theology

Jean Porter on Natural Law:               Thomistic Notes

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Jean Porter's book Natural and Divine Law aims at making theologians aware of medieval Scholastic theological discussions of natural law. The sources she consults include both theologians and canonists, extending over a period including the 12th and much of the 13th century. She sees such discussions as a possible fruitful source for contemporary Christian ethics. This chapter explores Porter's book, expressing a few impressions from the point of view of a student of St. Thomas and of someone having concerns appropriate for present-day Christian moral philosophers.

Keywords: Jane Porter; Natural and Divine Law; natural law; Christian ethics

Chapter.  10879 words. 

Subjects: Philosophy of Religion

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