Does natural law promote injustice and discriminatory behaivour?

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  • Does Natural Law promote injustice or morally wrong behaviour?
    • Agree
      • 1) Fails to recognise that some acts have more than one purpose
        • Some acts have more than one purpose however Aquinas fails to recognise this.
          • Aquinas would say that a married couple having sex for pleasure are 'falling short' because they're not reproducing
            • This, therefore, is unjust as it discriminates against those who perform an act without fulfilling its purpose
          • This, therefore, is unjust as it discriminates against those who perform an act without fulfilling its purpose
        • As Joe Jenkins says "Sex does produce babies, but this does not mean that people ought to have sex only for ths purpose"
      • 2) It doesn't consider the individual and their situation
        • Aquinas treats all actions the same when in reality they are not.
        • Two people who follow natural law may do the same action however one will get a better outcome than the other- there is no justice in this.
        • For example, abortion is considered always wrong even in the event of rape.
    • Disagree
      • 1) Clear-cut absolutist views
        • Aquinas' natural law is absolutist meaning it applies to all people, without exeption
          • This means that it's expected of everyone to follow these laws- meaning there's equal treatment
        • 'It enables people to establish common rules' Robert Bowie
      • 2) Primary precepts promotes human rights
        • The primary precepts allow the right to life, education and life in an ordered society.
          • This means that by following Natural Law the human rights of both yourself and others is upheld

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