Natural Moral Law overview

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  • Created on: 04-12-18 11:35

Natural moral law

Formulated by Thomas Aquinas, in the 13th century.

-          Deontological

-          Absolute

Main guiding principle- Good is to be done and evil avoided. The then leads to the rules or precepts that people need to follow;

1.       Self-preservation

2.       Sexual intercourse and education of offspring

3.       Know god and live in society

Secondary precepts are rules that derive from the primary precepts and govern how we should act in specific situations. They are not culturally relative.

Human law

Real and apparent good

Real: something working to end goal of happiness and fulfilment 

Apparent: things that don’t fit with the perfect ideal

Interior and exterior acts

Exterior: good things that you do

Interior: there is the right intention


Doctrine of double effect

4 conditions must be satisfied before an act is morally permissible

1.       The nature of the act condition

-Must be morally permissible

2.       The means end condition

The bad effect must not be…


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