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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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Concluding Comments: Prospects and Pitfalls for Natural Law Theory

Concluding Comments: Prospects and Pitfalls for Natural Law Theory

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(p.247) 10 Concluding Comments: Prospects and Pitfalls for Natural Law Theory
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Aquinas’s Theory of Natural Law
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Anthony J. Lisska

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198269670.003.0010

This concluding chapter discusses the prospects and pitfalls of Thomas Aquinas' natural law theory. It highlights the renewed interest in natural law theory in contemporary philosophy of law and suggests that the re-emergence of natural law in both meta-ethics and in jurisprudence indicate the need that more work should be undertaken in these areas and a substantive theory of natural law should be developed. One of the most noted pitfalls of natural law is its close association with morality, which can lead to a repressive system of both law and morality.

Keywords:   natural law theory, Thomas Aquinas, philosophy of law, jurisprudence, meta-ethics, morality

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