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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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Human Rights and Natural Law

Human Rights and Natural Law

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(p.223) 9 Human Rights and Natural Law
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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/9780198269670.003.0009

This chapter examines the relation between natural law theory and human rights issues. The analyses of the nature of Thomas Aquinas' theory of law indicate that it is possible to derive a limited broad set of positive rights from a disposition account of human nature because rights are based on the duties grounded in the developmental features of human essence. This chapter also suggests that Aquinas' theory of natural law can also be a source of a derivation of both political and natural rights.

Keywords:   natural law, human rights, Thomas Aquinas, human nature, political rights

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