Natural Law

An overview of Natural Law covering weakness' and strengths. 

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  • Created on: 21-04-13 21:12
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  • Natural Law
    • Aquinas and his idea of perfection and prupose
      • Primary Precepts
        • Advancement of knowledge
        • Human procreation
        • Harmonious society
        • Preservation of life
        • Worship God
        • Descriptive
          • Descrive how things are
      • Secondary precepts
        • Schools are good
        • IVF should be allowed
        • Do not lie or steal
        • Suicide is wrong
        • Go to church
        • Prescriptive
          • Instruct how to act
      • Synderesis Rule
        • "Good is to be perused and evil avoided"
      • God
        • The 4 laws
          • Natural law
            • God's law revealed through nature and interpreted through reason
          • Divine law
            • God's law revealed through scriptures
          • Human law
            • Laws made by societies for the good of people
          • Eternal law
            • God's wisdom, unknown to man
      • Cardinal virtues
        • Pudence
        • Fortitude
        • Justic
        • Temperance
    • Aristotle
      • Function, purpose and end
        • Rational Form
          • Concept e.g. Beauty or truth
        • Material substance
          • Physical object
        • The eye jelly is the material substance; sight is the rational form.
    • Strengths
      • Can be universally applied
      • The values are considered ethical among most socities
      • The telos is about life rather than hedonism
      • Sanctity of life is central to its teleology
      • There is stress on the physical body as a well as soul
      • Stress on rightness of character
      • Emphasis on social harmony
      • Emphasis on natural harmony
    • Weaknesses
      • Are ethical decisions reached rationally?
        • A mother may risk her own life to save her child out of duty and love
      • Sometimes the precepts conflict
        • E.g. abortion to save mothers life but this conflicts with procreation
      • Can we judge what is and isn't natural?
        • Life support machines preserve life yet its unnatural
      • Commits naturalstic fallacy
      • Limits human freedom
  • Function, purpose and end
    • Rational Form
      • Concept e.g. Beauty or truth
    • Material substance
      • Physical object
    • The eye jelly is the material substance; sight is the rational form.

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