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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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Aquinas’s Theory of Natural Law: A Reconstruction

Aquinas’s Theory of Natural Law: A Reconstruction

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Aquinas’s Theory of Natural Law

Anthony J. Lisska

Oxford University Press

This chapter proposes a reconstruction of Thomas Aquinas' theory of natural law. It aims to elucidate the texts and the metaphysics underlying Aquinas' moral theory using an approach called structural history of philosophy. The analyses of the texts considered several issues central to the moral theory in natural law. These include the presuppositions of the theory, the structure of the argument, the place of Aquinas' ethical naturalism in contemporary meta-ethics, and traditional objections to ethical naturalism.

Keywords:   natural law, Thomas Aquinas, metaphysics, moral theory, ethical naturalism, meta-ethics

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