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Nature as Reason: A Thomistic Theory of the Natural Law [Paperback]

By Jean Porter (Author)
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This noteworthy book develops a new theory of the natural law that takes its orientation from the account of the natural law developed by Thomas Aquinas, as interpreted and supplemented in the context of scholastic theology in the twelfth and thirteenth centuries. Though this history might seem irrelevant to twenty-first-century life, Jean Porter shows that the scholastic approach to the natural law still has much to contribute to the contemporary discussion of Christian ethics. Aquinas and his interlocutors provide a way of thinking about the natural law that is distinctively theological while at the same time remaining open to other intellectual perspectives, including those of science. In the course of her work, Porter examines the scholastics' assumptions and beliefs about nature, Aquinas's account of happiness, and the overarching claim that reason can generate moral norms. Ultimately, Porter argues that a Thomistic theory of the natural law is well suited to provide a starting point for developing a more nuanced account of the relationship between specific beliefs and practices. While Aquinas's approach to the natural law may not provide a system of ethical norms that is both universally compelling and detailed enough to be practical, it does offer something that is arguably more valuable - namely, a way of reflecting theologically on the phenomenon of human morality.

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This noteworthy book develops a new theory of the natural law that takes its orientation from the account of the natural law developed by Thomas Aquinas, as interpreted and supplemented in the context of scholastic theology in the twelfth and thirteenth centuries. Though this history might seem irrelevant to twenty-first-century life, Jean Porter shows that the scholastic approach to the natural law still has much to contribute to the contemporary discussion of Christian ethics. Aquinas and his interlocutors provide a way of thinking about the natural law that is distinctively theological while at the same time remaining open to other intellectual perspectives, including those of science. In the course of her work, Porter examines the scholastics' assumptions and beliefs about nature, Aquinas's account of happiness, and the overarching claim that reason can generate moral norms. Ultimately, Porter argues that a Thomistic theory of the natural law is well suited to provide a starting point for developing a more nuanced account of the relationship between specific beliefs and practices. While Aquinas's approach to the natural law may not provide a system of ethical norms that is both universally compelling and detailed enough to be practical, it does offer something that is arguably more valuable - namely, a way of reflecting theologically on the phenomenon of human morality.

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Studio: Wm. B. Eerdmans Publishing Company
Pages   456
Est. Packaging Dimensions:   Length: 9.2" Width: 6.34" Height: 0.91"
Weight:   1.34 lbs.
Binding  Softcover
Release Date   Feb 22, 2005
Publisher   Wm. B. Eerdmans Publishing Company
Edition  New  
ISBN  0802849067  
ISBN13  9780802849069  


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Register your artisan biography and upload your photo! Porter is professor of Christian ethics and moral theology at the University of Notre Dame.

Jean Porter was born in 1955.

Jean Porter has published or released items in the following series...
  1. New Studies in Christian Ethics
  2. Saint Paul University Series in Ethics


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Outstanding work  Nov 15, 2007
I read this book for an ethics class this semester and I find myself continuing to refer to it for its insights into natural law, the virtues, and Thomistic thought. The book is demanding, but it rewards a close reading with serious arguments and keen insights. Porter provides important arguments for natural law by actively engaging its critics and, in my opinion, overcoming their objections. Her defense is not so much of Thomistic thought as it was in the 13th century, but a defense of the extension of Thomistic thought into a modern environment. More importantly, the goal of her project is to find space in which theology and ethics can be reunited. This is an excellent book and I would highly recommend it.
 
Looking ahead by looking back  Jul 15, 2005
After reading this book twice, I've come to the conclusion that Dr. Porter is on to something that the rest of us mere mortals can find useful in our understanding of natural law and the compelling argument she gives us to turn back to the Scholastics, especially Aquinas, to find our own way to think and live in accordance with virue in twenty-first century society. This is not an easy book for those not familiar with Dr. Porter's work. ("The Recovery of Virtue" is a wonderful first introduction to this brilliant scholar and beautiful writer.) However, keep at it and you will partake in a thoughtful, cogent argument on the importance of Scholastic views on morality that would serve us well today.
 

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