An analysis of natural law and morality alex erebor 2/1/10 an analysis of natural law and morality human beings are undoubtedly the most sophisticated life forms on earth. The strengths and weaknesses of natural moral law natural moral law is the principle founded by st thomas aquinas that mankind can work out rights and wrongs from the world around them.
Aquinas’ natural law theory assumes belief in god aquinas assumes that all things have one specific purpose (eg genitals) natural law theory assumes all things work towards a common purpose(sexual organsreproduction) purpose - the idea of ‘purpose’ in nature can be explained by science (evolution and natural selection.
Orange – critical analysis purple – scholars/ key people in the 13 th century, thomas aquinas used the work of aristotle to develop his own system of natural moral law aquinas believed that our telos was not simply eudaimonia but instead to reach perfection in the afterlife with god natural law is discoverable through the use of reason and is accessible to every human being.
Strengths and weaknesses 1 rs: a2: ethics: natural moral law strengths & weaknesses of natural lawthe key strengths are: natural moral law is a simple, universal guide for judging the moral value of human actions and the purposes which aquinas proposes for human existence are common to all men. The roman catholic church still accepts aquinas' natural law theory in relation to sexual ethics for religious and non-religious people alike, making a moral judgment is a matter of listening to one's reason.
Natural moral law's universal and absolute nature makes it appealing because it allows everyone of every culture, faith, society to use it without it every going out of date on the other hand, there is a lot of responsibility for people to think rationality and have similar thought processes. Aquinas speaks of “the pattern of life lived according to reason” you could be a darwinian atheist and believe in natural law derived by empirical observation, with the primary precept of survival (aquinas’ preservation of life. Strengths and weaknesses of natural law theory natural law is natural law was aquinas's theory based on aristotle's ideas of eudamonia and purpose the primary precepts, and by extension secondary precepts were based on this it is a mostly deontological theory, however the idea of the secondary precepts brings in a teleological argument.
The strengths and weaknesses of natural law the natural law theory goes as far back as the 5th century bc, from a time when antigone of sophocles drew distinctions between written laws of state and unwritten laws this was a very important movement.
Natural law: strengths & weaknesses in the table below are the strengths and weaknesses of natural law please find underneath it a show video on the same topic.