Aquinas : Moral, Political, and Legal Theory / Edition 1

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This launch volume in the Founders of Modern Political and Social Thought series presents a critical examination of Aquinas's thought, combining an accessible, historically-informed account of his work with an assessment of his central ideas and arguments. John Finnis presents a richly-documented critical review of Aquinas's thought on morality, politics, law, and method in social science. Unique in his coverage of both primary and secondary texts and his vigorous argumentation on many themes, the author focuses on the philosophy in Aquinas's texts, and demonstrates how this interconnects with the theological elements. Finnis shows how Aquinas, despite some medieval limitations, makes clear and profound contributions to present debates.

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Table of Contents

Abbreviations and Conventions
I Life, Learning, Works 1
II Subject-Matter and Method 20
III Freedom, Reason, and Human Goods 56
IV Fulfilment and Morality 103
V Towards Human Rights 132
VI Distribution, Exchange, and Recompense 187
VII The State: Its Elements and Purposes 219
VIII The State: Its Government and Law 255
IX The Power of the Sword 275
X On our Origin and End 294
References 335
Index Locorum 341
General Index 361
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