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On Law, Morality, and Politics

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The second edition of Aquinas, On Law, Morality, and Politics retains the selection of texts presented in the first edition but offers them in new translations by Richard J. Regan--including that of his Aquinas, Treatise on Law (Hackett, 2000). A revised Introduction and glossary, an updated select bibliography, and the inclusion of summarizing headnotes for each of the un ...more
Paperback, Second Edition, 224 pages
Published June 1st 2003 by Hackett Publishing Company (first published 1988)
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Aquinas' writing was rather rough to read, at least to start, once in the flow of things though it was easy to get at what he was saying. There is an obvious strength to the unique structure of his writing but I do believe at times he sets up straw man arguments for himself in order to strengthen a conclusion he wished to achieve at the beginning of many of his questions, to the point were his rebuttals are used no to counter but build his argument, meaning he ignores some of the more distinct c ...more
May 13, 2010 K rated it 2 of 5 stars
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Excerpts mostly from Summa Theologica. This book was a misery to read. Arguments proceed like walking ass-backward into a room. What do I remember. Aquinas kinda is a combination of Christian thought of Augustine (Heaven is the ultimate goal) with reason-based political thought of Aristotle. Because man & his rationality were made by God, man, in exercising his rationality and perfecting his earthly existence, fulfills God's plan for him. Also, killing heretics is okay. Something about natur ...more
I wonder if a generation of sweaty-palmed young Republicans will take to portly old Aquinas now that Paul Ryan has given him a "plug"? Probably not.
Jacob Stubbs
It's St. Thomas, the Angelic Doctor, the Dumb Ox, on Natural Law. Nothing else needs to be said.
Only selections.
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Thomas Aquinas (sometimes styled Thomas of Aquin or Aquino), was a Dominican friar and priest notable as a scholastic theologian and philosopher. He is honored as a saint and "Doctor of the Church" in the Roman Catholic tradition.

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