Natural law


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


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