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Natural Law
Revision Notes on Natural Law
Aristotle came up with the theory of causality which included
material cause, efficient cause, formal cause, final cause.
The final cause being an object of goal or aim- its purpose in
life. He explained that every object or action had a final cause…

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Sexual intercourse is the most obvious application as Roman
Catholics hold strong principles concerning contraception,
abortion, and so on.
Sexual intercourse is the means by which reproduction
takes place: it brings about the fertilisation an ovum
leads to pregnancy and ultimately childbirth.
The various machinations whereby sexual intercourse
gets going…

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Natural law provides a framework in which `universal good' can be
defined, since no external reference is necessary.

Since an act is not deemed good or bad based on its effect, a person
can only be held accountable for the immediate consequences of an
action. Subsequent consequences are beyond the…

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establish the appropriateness of an action in terms of its final
Some scientists, who see a naturally developing design in the
universe, argue for a non-divine purpose in creation-Natural
law would therefore stand, without God to `endorse it'.
Using reason to determine God's purpose for humans does not

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Do men and women have the same ultimate purpose, or are
they intrinsically different?


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