The Catholic University of America Press

St. Thomas Aquinas and the Natural Law Tradition

Contemporary Perspectives

John Goyette, Mark S. Latovic, and Richard S. Meyers, Editor

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In recent years, there has been a great revival of interest in natural law thinking, one that has occurred across a range of disciplines and perspectives--from the philosophical and theological to the most contemporary debates in the area of legal and political philosophy. Much of this recent work is traced to the thought of St. Thomas Aquinas. To explore and evaluate the current revival, this volume brings together many of the foremost scholars on natural law. They examine the relation between Thomistic natural law and the larger philosophical and theological tradition. Furthermore, they assess the contemporary relevance of St. Thomas's natural law doctrine to current legal and political philosophy.

The book contains an extensive introduction to the topic, followed by four sections that treat various aspects of natural law thinking. The first section examines some of the philosophical foundations of natural law, especially the understanding of nature it presupposes. The second section is devoted to the theological context in which St. Thomas's natural law doctrine is situated. The essays in the third section discuss the new natural law theory espoused by Germain Grisez and John Finnis and the hotly debated question as to whether their theory is genuinely Thomistic. The final section explores several contemporary legal and political issues in light of St. Thomas's natural law thinking.

John Goyette is a Tutor at Thomas Aquinas College. Mark S. Latkovic is Professor of Moral and Systematic Theology at Sacred Heart Major Seminary in Detroit. Richard S. Myers is Professor of Law at Ave Maria School of Law.

In addition to the editors, the contributors are:

Benedict M. Ashley, O.P., Aquinas Institute of Theology
Romanus Cessario, O.P., St. John's Seminary
Robert Fastiggi, Sacred Heart Major Seminary
Robert P. George, Princeton University
Russell Hittinger, University of Tulsa
Steven A. Long, University of St. Thomas
William Mathie, Brock University
William E. May, John Paul II Institute for Studies on Marriage and Family
Ralph McInerny, University of Notre Dame
Earl Muller, S.J., Sacred Heart Major Seminary
David Novak, University of Toronto
Janet E. Smith, Sacred Heart Major Seminary
Christopher Wolfe, Marquette University
Martin D. Yaffe, University of North Texas


"[A] fine collection of papers"--James F. Keenan, S.J., Theological Studies

Product Details

Pages:xxiii, 311 pages

Dimensions:6x9 inches


CIP Information: 2003021546/ B765.T54S7 2005/ 171'.2--dc22


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