Aquinas's Two Doctrines of Natural Law

  title={Aquinas's Two Doctrines of Natural Law},
  author={Tony Burns},
  journal={Political Studies},
  pages={929 - 946}
  • T. Burns
  • Published 1 December 2000
  • Philosophy
  • Political Studies
This paper examines the role which the concept of natural law has to play in the political thought of Aquinas, as this is to be found in the Summa Theologiae. It focuses particularly on Aquinas's understanding of the relationship which exists between natural and positive law. It argues that Aquinas's views are inconsistent and that the Summa actually contains two quite different positions regarding this subject. One of these is inherited from the Stoic natural law tradition and the other from… 
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