Aquinass Theory of Natural Law: An Analytic Reconstruction

Paperback | October 1, 1997

byAnthony J. Lisska

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This new critique of Aquinas's 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. Professor Lisska discusses Aquinas's view of ethical naturalism within the context of thecontemporary 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 connectionsbetween Aquinas and contemporary legal philosophers. The book should be of considerable interest to scholars of jurisprudence as well as philosophers.

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Recognized as one of the greatest minds of the middle ages, Aquinas's ideas--highly influential on the development of Christian doctrine--are still of fundamental philosophical importance today. This new critique of his theory of natural law discusses the theory's origins with Aristotle and advances new interpretations of contemporary ...

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This new critique of Aquinas's 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. Professor Lisska discusses Aquinas's view of ethical naturalism within the context of thecontemporary revival and recovery of Aristot...

Anthony J. Lisska is at Denison University, Ohio.

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:336 pages, 8.46 × 5.35 × 0.79 inPublished:October 1, 1997Publisher:Oxford University Press

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ISBN - 10:0198269676

ISBN - 13:9780198269670

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Recognized as one of the greatest minds of the middle ages, Aquinas's ideas--highly influential on the development of Christian doctrine--are still of fundamental philosophical importance today. This new critique of his theory of natural law discusses the theory's origins with Aristotle and advances new interpretations of contemporary legal issues which hark back to the time of Aquinas

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`All in all, this is a most welcome book...the range of the book is impressive, but just what it must be if the interpretation is to be sustained. Lisska's readers are confronted by a number of deconstructions...Lisska, in his workmanlike way, gains the respect and confidence of his reader.His book should be read and debated. It is a genuine contribution to the effort to decide what in the world moral philosophy is.'The Medieval Review