Thomas Aquinas on Laws - Dictionary of Arguments
Höffe I 148
Laws/Thomas/Höffe: Neither does Thomas represent a legal moralism nor a legal positivism of a secular or theological nature.
Origin of laws: According to [Thomas], law and justice are not founded in power, neither in human nor divine arbitrariness.
Reason Law: Even though their origin may lie in God, law and statute consist in principles of reason, through which natural law becomes a law of reason.
Natural Law: The authority of the legislator in the context of its guiding task, the service of the common good, to enact laws appropriate to the situation can be regarded as a moderate thinking of the natural law and at the same time as moderate legal positivism._____________Explanation of symbols: Roman numerals indicate the source, arabic numerals indicate the page number. The corresponding books are indicated on the right hand side. ((s)…): Comment by the sender of the contribution. Translations: Dictionary of Arguments The note [Author1]Vs[Author2] or [Author]Vs[term] is an addition from the Dictionary of Arguments. If a German edition is specified, the page numbers refer to this edition.
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