Aquinas’s Theory of Natural Law: An Analytic Reconstruction by Anthony J. Lisska

By Anthony J. Lisska

This new critique of Aquinas's thought of typical legislation provides an incisive, new research of the important topics and appropriate texts within the Summa Theologiae which grew to become the classical canon for common legislations. Professor Lisska discusses Aquinas's view of moral naturalism in the context of the modern revival and restoration of Aristotelian ethics, arguing that Aquinas is essentially Aristotelian within the foundations of his ethical idea. The ebook appears on the ancient improvement of typical legislation subject matters within the 20th century, and specifically demonstrates the real connections among Aquinas and modern criminal philosophers. The e-book will be of substantial curiosity to students of jurisprudence in addition to philosophers.

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To help set the stage, the background of Enlightenment philosophy’s rejection of Aristotelian naturalism is sketched. This chapter suggests how Aristotelian moral realism emerged as a response to major questions raised in twentieth-century analytic meta-ethics. The fourth chapter in many ways serves as the core argument in this book. This chapter offers an analytic interpretation and reconstruction of Aquinas’s theory of natural law. This is an extended explicatio textus of the classical canon for western natural law, Aquinas’s Summa Theologiae, I–II qq.

Thirdly, she argued that the differences found in English moral theory since the time of Sidgwick ‘are of little importance’. Anscombe’s point was that moral philosophers in mid-twentieth-century philosophy had forgotten — or neglected — the concepts of moral theory central to the Aristotelian tradition. These concepts — virtue, practical reason, acquired dispositions, etc. 2) Anscombe suggested, largely forgotten in the ethical treatises written by analytic philosophers in the English-speaking world.

Elizabeth Anscombe Modern Moral Philosophy In 1958, Elizabeth Anscombe published a provocative article entitled ‘Modern Moral Philosophy’1 asking, first of all, if contemporary moral philosophy had not forgotten a principal concept, namely the development of an adequate philosophical psychology. Secondly, Anscombe suggested that the concepts of ‘moral obligation’ and ‘moral duty’, so central to meta-ethical discussions in analytic philosophy, needed rethinking. Thirdly, she argued that the differences found in English moral theory since the time of Sidgwick ‘are of little importance’.

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