The Philosophic Context of the Development of Natural Law

44 Pages Posted: 14 Mar 2012 Last revised: 23 Apr 2012

Ross J. Corbett

Independent

Date Written: March 12, 2012

Abstract

The modern critique of natural law theory is unpersuasive, focusing on peripheral issues on which natural law theorists can yield. This results from a lack of awareness of the philosophic context in which Thomas Aquinas reworked natural law theology. Turning to the ancient and medieval precursors to natural law opens us to a more thoroughgoing engagement with it, one that begins with political philosophy rather than with physical or metaphysical doctrines.

Keywords: natural law, Aristotle, Aquinas, medieval thought, political philosophy

Suggested Citation

Corbett, Ross J., The Philosophic Context of the Development of Natural Law (March 12, 2012). Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2021235 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.2021235

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