The Philosophic Context of the Development of Natural Law

Ross J. Corbett


March 12, 2012

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.

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

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Date posted: March 14, 2012 ; Last revised: April 23, 2012

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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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