Knowing the Natural Law Paperback

From Precepts and Inclinations to Deriving Oughts

by Steven J. Jensen;

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Knowing the Natural Law

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Recent discussions of Thomas Aquinas's treatment of natural law have focused upon the ""self-evident"" character of the first principles, but few attempts have been made to determine in what manner they are self-evident. On some accounts, a self-evident precept must have, at most, a tenuous connection with speculative reason, especially our knowledge of God, and it must be untainted by the stain of ""deriving"" an ought from an is. Yet Aquinas himself had a robust account of the good, rooted in human nature. He saw no fundamental difference between is-statements and ought-statements, both of which he considered to be descriptive. Knowing the Natural Law traces the thought of Aquinas from an understanding of human nature to a knowledge of the human good, from there to an account of ought-statements, and finally to choice, which issues in human actions. The much discussed article on the precepts of the natural law (I-II, 94, 2) provides the framework for a natural law rooted in human nature and in speculative knowledge. Practical knowledge is itself threefold: potentially practical knowledge, virtually practical knowledge, and fully practical knowledge.
This distinction within practical knowledge, typically overlooked or underutilized, reveals the steps by which the mind moves from speculative knowledge all the way to fully practical knowledge. The most significant sections of Knowing the Natural Law examine the nature of ought-statements, the imperative force of moral precepts, the special character of per se nota propositions as found within the natural law, and the final movement from knowledge to action.

Knowing the Natural Law by Steven J. Jensen was published by The Catholic University of America Press in May 2015. The ISBN for Knowing the Natural Law is 9780813227337.

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Page last updated 11th October 2016
Author / Artist
Book FormatPaperback / softback
PublisherThe Catholic University of America Press (May 2015)
Number of Pages256
Thickness18 mm
Height229 mm
Width152 mm
Product Code4323458
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