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Law and Political Theory

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ISBN-10: 0521029368

ISBN-13: 9780521029360

Edition: 2006

Authors: Thomas Aquinas, Thomas Gilby

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The Summa Theologiae ranks among the greatest documents of the Christian Church, and is a landmark of medieval western thought. It provides the framework for Catholic studies in systematic theology and for a classical Christian philosophy, and is regularly consulted by scholars of all faiths and none, across a range of academic disciplines. This paperback reissue of the classic Latin/English edition first published by the English Dominicans in the 1960s and 1970s, in the wake of the Second Vatican Council, has been undertaken in response to regular requests from readers and librarians around the world for the entire series of 61 volumes to be made available again. The original text is unchanged, except for the correction of a small number of typographical errors.
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List price: $57.99
Copyright year: 2006
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Publication date: 10/26/2006
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 232
Size: 5.75" wide x 8.75" long x 0.50" tall
Weight: 0.638
Language: English

Thomas Aquinas, the most noted philosopher of the Middle Ages, was born near Naples, Italy, to the Count of Aquino and Theodora of Naples. As a young man he determined, in spite of family opposition to enter the new Order of Saint Dominic. He did so in 1244. Thomas Aquinas was a fairly radical Aristotelian. He rejected any form of special illumination from God in ordinary intellectual knowledge. He stated that the soul is the form of the body, the body having no form independent of that provided by the soul itself. He held that the intellect was sufficient to abstract the form of a natural object from its sensory representations and thus the intellect was sufficient in itself for natural knowledge without God's special illumination. He rejected the Averroist notion that natural reason might lead individuals correctly to conclusions that would turn out false when one takes revealed doctrine into account. Aquinas wrote more than sixty important works. The Summa Theologica is considered his greatest work. It is the doctrinal foundation for all teachings of the Roman Catholic Church.

General Preface
Editorial Notes
Introduction
Prologue
The Nature of Law
Is law a function of mind?
Is law always ordained to the common good?
Can anybody legislate?
Is promulgation essential to law?
Varieties of Law
Is there an Eternal Law?
Is there a natural law within us?
Is there a human law?
Was a divine law necessary?
Is there but one divine law?
Is there a law of lust?
Effects of Law
Is it an effect of law to make men good?
Are there four acts of law?
The Eternal Law
Is the Eternal Law the supreme exemplar in God's mind?
Is it recognized by everybody?
Does every law derive from the Eternal Law?
Are necessary and everlasting things subject to it?
Are the contingent facts of nature under it?
Are all human affairs subject to it?
Natural Law
Is natural law a habit?
Does natural law contain many precepts or only one?
Is every act of virtue of natural law?
Is natural law the same for all?
Can natural law be changed?
Can it be wiped from the human heart?
Human Law in Itself
Are man-made laws expedient?
Is every human positive law derived from natural law?
Does Isidore well describe the qualities of positive law?
Does Isidore divide human laws logically?
The Power of Human Law
Should a human law be laid down as a general command?
Is it the business of human law to restrain all vice?
Does human law prescribe acts of all virtues?
Does human law bind a man in conscience?
Is everybody subject to the law?
May a subject to a law rightly act against its letter?
Law and Change
May a human law be altered in some way?
Should it always be changed when it can be improved?
Can custom obtain the force of law?
May rulers grant dispensations in matters of human law?
Appendices
Law and Dominion in Theology
The Theological Classification of Law
Natural Law
Common and Public Good
Legal Sovereignty
Human Law and the Art of Politics
Coercion and Law
Virtue and Legality
Glossary
Index