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Aquinas’s Theory of Natural LawAn Analytic Reconstruction$
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Anthony J. Lisska

Print publication date: 1997

Print ISBN-13: 9780198269670

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: October 2011

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198269670.001.0001

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Natural Law and Contemporary Philosophy

Natural Law and Contemporary Philosophy

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Aquinas’s Theory of Natural Law

Anthony J. Lisska

Oxford University Press

This chapter examines natural law and contemporary philosophy in relation to the works of Thomas Aquinas. It discusses natural law jurisprudence and considers natural law meta-ethics. It identifies the common dimensions of foundational inquiry into naturalism with special emphasis on developing an analytic interpretation of Aquinas' theory of natural law. This chapter also provides an account of recent works that brought Aristotle and Aquinas to the forefront of ethical theory-making in the 20th century.

Keywords:   natural law, contemporary philosophy, Thomas Aquinas, jurisprudence, meta-ethics, Aristotle, ethical theory, naturalism

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