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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 and God: The Question of Natural Kinds

Aquinas and God: The Question of Natural Kinds

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Aquinas’s Theory of Natural Law

Anthony J. Lisska

Oxford University Press

This chapter examines the question about the relation of the existence of God to a consistent account of natural law theory, particularly in the writings of Thomas Aquinas. The confusion about this relation resulted from claims that natural law is intrinsically connected with the eternal law that one cannot know the natural law without knowing the eternal law. This chapter proposes a method for conceptual and structural understanding of Aquinas' account of natural law without having to imply a necessary relation to eternal law.

Keywords:   natural law, Thomas Aquinas, God, eternal law, religious philosophy

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