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Aquinas’s Theory of Natural Law: An Analytic Reconstruction

Anthony J. Lisska


This new critique of Aquinas' theory of natural law presents an incisive, new analysis of the central themes and relevant texts in the Summa Theologiae, which became the classical canon for natural law. The author discusses Aquinas' view of ethical naturalism within the context of the contemporary revival and recovery of Aristotelian ethics, arguing that Aquinas is fundamentally Aristotelian in the foundations of his moral theory. The book looks at the historical development of natural law themes in the twentieth century, and in particular demonstrates the important connections between Aquinas ... More

Keywords: Aquinas, natural law, analysis, Summa Theologiae, ethical naturalism, Aristotelian ethics, moral theory, legal philosophers

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 1997 Print ISBN-13: 9780198269670
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: October 2011 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198269670.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Anthony J. Lisska, author
Denison University, Ohio