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Treatise on Law

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This new translation of the Treatise on Law offers fidelity to the Latin in a readable new version that will prove useful to students of the natural law tradition in ethics, political theory, and jurisprudence, as well as to students of Western intellectual history.
Paperback, 128 pages
Published September 15th 2000 by Hackett Publishing Company, Inc. (first published 1274)
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Jeremy
I'll give Aquinas credit for this, he created a unique system of argumentation which at least entertains the possibility of objections to his thought. That being said, this excerpt from the summa theologica generally sucks. Aquinas's arguements are dependnt on a slavishly loyal reading of Aristotle/Augustine/The Bible, and like City of God, if you start with the supposition that your sources are inerent then you can justify just about anything you want, regardless of how noble you think your int ...more
Luke Langley
Treatise on Law covers Questions 90–97 of the Summa Theologica Part 1, it is a short but extraordinary set of questions from the 'Summa Theologica' treating the origins and nature of Law, human, natural, and divine law. Aquinas gives a definition of law (a certain dictate of reason, for the common good, made by him who has the care of the community and promulgated) followed by proofs for the founding authority of law, the limiting extents of law, and most importantly the purpose of law- "Law is ...more
Erik Graff
Dec 03, 2010 Erik Graff rated it 3 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Thomists
Recommended to Erik by: David Ozar
Shelves: religion
This was the first book I completed upon enrolling into Loyola University Chicago's philosophy program, presumably for David Ozar's class on ethics. In this class we discussed Natural Law, Deontological and Utilitarian ethical systems, Aquinas being representative of the former. So far as Natural Law was concerned most class discussion concerned the position of the Catholic Church as regards abortion.

Natural Law ethics is rather moribund today thanks to the general acceptance of evolutionary the
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Amy
Jan 01, 2008 Amy rated it 3 of 5 stars
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Aquinas believes law ideally creates good people by imposing moral obligations rather than forcing subjects to do or not do something. Human law is derived from natural law which comes from divine law, which is good. So all law, ideally, should be good because it comes from God and makes people want to be good.

"Laws framed by men are either just or unjust. If they be just, they have the power of binding in conscience, from the eternal law whence they are derived.."

Also, "the rules and measure of
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Adam Cherson
I rate this book a 4.0 on a scale of 1 to 5 with 5 being best. A very interesting emphasis on the practical, as opposed to the speculative, as being the best foundation for the creation of laws. Suggests that the best type of government combines all the others and also that the appropriate response to tyrannical government is the ‘other cheek’ approach.
There are some laws which may be ignored when there is a greater good for the community to be achieved. All laws commend acts of virtue but not a
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Jenna
Aquinas theological theory, "Treatise On Law" was that all law is came from the highest-----which is God. That by creation God sets limited being in existence apart from Himself. He also mentioned that there is no eternal law, because every law was exercise by someone. Since, there is no someone existing: that God alone is the eternity.

The words alone above is enough for me to understand his theory, I'm not going to criticize Aquinas it's basically a fundamental idea that I grow up with, and I'm
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Paul
The series of the Summa Theologiae translated by the Dominicans is superb. And this volume is a treasure for a lawyer, a Catholic, anyone interested in knowing the broader meaning of law.
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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.

Aquinas lived at a critical juncture of western culture when the arrival of the Aristotelian corpus in Latin translation reopened the question of the relation between fai
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“Unde omnis lex humanitus posita intantum habet de ratione legis, inquantum a lege naturae derivatur. Si vero in aliquo a lege naturali discordet, iam non erit lex sed legis corruptio.” 1 likes
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