The Philosophic Context of the Development of Natural Law
44 Pages Posted: 14 Mar 2012 Last revised: 23 Apr 2012
Date Written: 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.
Keywords: natural law, Aristotle, Aquinas, medieval thought, political philosophy
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