- Created by: GeorgeGreen12
- Created on: 04-10-18 15:07
Aquinas' natural law - a normative deontological theory that identifies how we ought to behave (a principal of duty)
Natural law is based on the view that the universe has a natural order which works towards achieving an end or a purpose (telos) - humans are part of the natural world so they too have a purpose
Natural law therefore is about acting in a way that moves towards that purpose.
Natural law can be traced back to aristotle originally - he believed that the end goal of human life was "eudaimonia" (happiness and self-fulfilment) therefore we pursue other goals in order to ultimately achieve happiness
Aristotle believed that making reasoned choices led to eudaimonia
Aquinas- For Aquinas natural law was created by god in order to achieve the…