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Treatise on Law: Summa Theologiae, I-II; QQ. 90-97

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St. Thomas's Summa theologiae is often compared to a medieval cathedral because of its sublime construction both as a work of logic and literary architecture.

Here is a mere tip of one of the spires, summarizing the great Saint's views on the nature and structure of law.

Believing that law achieves its results by imposing moral obligations rather than outright force, St. ...

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Overview

St. Thomas's Summa theologiae is often compared to a medieval cathedral because of its sublime construction both as a work of logic and literary architecture.

Here is a mere tip of one of the spires, summarizing the great Saint's views on the nature and structure of law.

Believing that law achieves its results by imposing moral obligations rather than outright force, St. Thomas defines the Christian view of liberty.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780895267054
  • Publisher: Regnery Publishing
  • Publication date: 9/28/1996
  • Edition description: Reprint
  • Pages: 116
  • Sales rank: 432,163
  • Lexile: 1120L (what's this?)
  • Product dimensions: 5.40 (w) x 8.42 (h) x 0.33 (d)

Table of Contents

Notes on Style
Preface
Introduction
Pt. A Background for St. Thomas's Treatise on Law
Ch. I Introduction to St. Thomas
Sect. 1 St. Thomas Aquinas
Sect. 2 St. Thomas and Jurisprudence 5
Sect. 3 On Reading St. Thomas 8
Sect. 4 The Structure of the Summa Theologiae 11
Sect. 5 Scholasticism 14
Sect. 6 St. Thomas's Approach to the Study of Law 17
Ch. II The Nature of Definition and the Art of Defining 20
Sect. 1 Introduction 20
Sect. 2 The Nature of Definition 21
Sect. 3 Types of Definition 22
Sect. 4 The Ambiguity of Words 26
Sect. 5 The Central Case 31
Sect. 6 A Further Note on the Ambiguity of Words 33
Sect. 7 On Analyzing and Evaluating a Definition of "Law" 34
Ch. III General Doctrinal Background for the Treatise 38
Sect. 1 Introduction 38
Sect. 2 The Doctrine of the Four Causes 40
Sect. 3 St. Thomas's World View 45
Sect. 4 "Nature" and "Essence" 48
Sect. 5 Human Nature 54
Sect. 6 The Nature of Human Acts 57
Sect. 7 "Rule and Measure" 59
Sect. 8 Habit 60
Sect. 9 The Speculative Intellect, the Practical Intellect, and Right Reason 62
Sect. 10 Voluntarism vs. Practical Reasonableness 65
Sect. 11 The Virtues 66
Sect. 12 Happiness: The Last End of Man 76
Sect. 13 The Common Good 79
Sect. 14 Obligation 81
Sect. 15 A Synopsis of St. Thomas's Doctrine of Natural Law 85
Ch. IV St. Thomas's Sources and His Use of Them 94
Sect. 1 The Use of Auctoritates 94
Sect. 2 The Auctores Quoted in the Treatise 103
Pt. B St. Thomas Aquinas: The Treatise on Law [Being Summa Theologiae, I-II, QQ. 90 Through 97]
Question 90: De Essentia Legis 118
Article 1 118
Article 2 127
Article 3 135
Article 4 140
Question 91: De Legum Diversitate 148
Article 1 150
Article 2 155
Article 3 160
Article 4 166
Article 5 172
Article 6 178
Question 92: De Effectibus Legis 185
Article 1 185
Article 2 192
Question 93: De Lege Aeterna 199
Article 1 199
Article 2 206
Article 3 210
Article 4 215
Article 5 222
Article 6 227
Question 94: De Lege Naturali 235
Article 1 235
Article 2 241
Article 3 251
Article 4 256
Article 5 264
Article 6 270
Question 95: De Lege Humana Secundum Se 276
Article 1 276
Article 2 283
Article 3 289
Article 4 296
Question 96: De Potestate Legis Humanae 305
Article 1 305
Article 2 311
Article 3 316
Article 4 321
Article 5 329
Article 6 336
Question 97: De Mutatione Legum 342
Article 1 343
Article 2 348
Article 3 353
Article 4 360
About the Translator 367
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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 10, 1999

    Laws From Above

    In Treatise on Law, Aquinas lays out his belief that all laws come from some higher power. Moral absolutes lead to moral laws that all should abide by. Using wonderful objections and answers to those objections, Aquinas lays down the ideas of human, natural, divine, and eternal laws and how they relate to one another. This book tries to answer the age-old question of whether laws are objective or subjective. A hard read, but well worth it.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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