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Natural moral law stands at the center of Western ethics and jurisprudence and plays a leading role in interreligious dialogue. Although the greatest source of the classical natural law tradition is Thomas Aquinas' Treatise on Law, the Treatise is notoriously difficult, especially for nonspecialists. J. Budziszewski has made this formidable work luminous. This book - the first classically styled, line by line commentary on the Treatise in centuries - reaches out to philosophers, theologians, social scientists, students, and general readers alike. Budziszewski shows how the Treatise facilitates a dialogue between author and reader. Explaining and expanding upon the text in light of modern philosophical developments, he expounds this work of the great thinker not by diminishing his reasoning, but by amplifying it.Read more
- Appeals to the current revived interest in natural moral law
- The author is a well-known scholar and an acknowledged authority on natural law
- No other modern commentary on the Treatise on Law exists
- The book is supplemented by an online Companion to the Commentary, with richly elaborated thematic discussions keyed to the sections of the book itself
Reviews & endorsements
"In this much-needed contribution to the lively debates that currently rage about natural law theory, Budziszewski provides a superb line-by-line commentary on the complete text of Aquinas' treatise on law - the first complete commentary of this sort in centuries. The Commentary offers insightful comments on the implications of modern philosophical developments for interpreting and evaluating the positions taken by Aquinas. An enormously valuable text, not only for scholars specializing in the field but also for those just embarking on a careful study of the work."
Fr. Joseph W. Koterski, S.J., Fordham University, New YorkSee more reviews
"Budziszewksi’s depth and clarity make this commentary on St Thomas an indispensable tool for student, teacher and scholar. Providing an overall context for each question, then pairing his own paraphrase with the translation of the Dominican Fathers, Budziszewski proceeds to comment in detail on each objection, sed contra, answer and reply to objection. The important yet difficult Treatise on Law is laid open to our full view by Professor Budziszewski - clearly the fruit of many years of close study."
John Hittinger, University of St Thomas, Houston
"No area of public life is more confused than law and what it is. In this context, few books could be more significant than a complete, accurate and thorough reading and rereading of Aquinas’ famous Treatise on Law. Budziszewski has performed an enormous service to intelligence and to clarity of public order in providing this detailed, yet readable and intellectually profound, commentary. It is a demanding book about a demanding topic, one that has been left too long unexamined in the tradition of Aquinas."
James V. Schall, S.J., Professor Emeritus, Georgetown University, Washington DC
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- Date Published: September 2014
- format: Hardback
- isbn: 9781107029392
- length: 520 pages
- dimensions: 229 x 152 x 33 mm
- weight: 0.86kg
- availability: Available
Table of Contents
Part I. Law Itself, in General:
1. The essence of law
2. The different kinds of law
3. The effects of law
Part II. The Parts of Law:
4. Of the eternal law
5. Of the natural law
6. Of human law
7. Of the divine law.
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