Natural Law and International Order
The chapter focuses on the diverse ways in which contingent facts, historical circumstances, and other factors create the need for what Aquinas referred to as ‘determinationes’ in structuring the international order. A determinatio is the opposite of a ‘timeless’ principle that properly governs choice and action from the moral point of view in all times and places. When it comes to the structuring of the international order, we should beware of false absolutes. Moral principles have their limitations and beyond that, choices must be made among a range of morally acceptable options.
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