Some writers use the term with such a broad meaning that any moral theory that is a version of moral realism — that is, any moral theory that holds that some positive moral claims are literally true for this conception of moral realism, see Sayre-McCord — counts as a natural law view. Some use it so narrowly that no moral theory that is not grounded in a very specific form of Aristotelian teleology could count as a natural law view.
Its proper interpretation has been a matter of some difficulty from the time of his death in A partial sample of these controversies is given in 1.
These works argue in various ways that that interpretation denies or neglects the metaphysical foundations of the principles of practical reason that it offers to identify. Support, in general, for the approach in this article will be found in Rhonheimer and The first issue underlying this debate is whether the order of inquiry and coming to know the epistemological order is the same as the order of metaphysical dependence.
The second issue is whether we can settle the first issue by using the epistemological axiom that we come to an ultimately metaphysical understanding of dynamic natures by understanding capacities through their actuations — which, in turn, we come to understand by understanding their objects.
Does or does not that axiom entail that understanding of objects such as the intelligible goods the objects of acts of will precedes an adequate knowledge of nature, notwithstanding that as is agreed on all sides in the metaphysical order of intrinsic dependence such objects could not be willed or attained but for the given nature of in this case the human person?
To this standard interpretation other interpreters, such as Grisez, Finnis, and Rhonheimer, object on grounds such as these: For peculiarity or distinctiveness has no inherent relationship to practical fittingness, and in fact Aquinas elsewhere denies that rationality is peculiar to human beings since he holds that there are other intelligent creatures the angels, understood to be created minds unmixed with matter, occupying what would otherwise be a surprising gap in the hierarchy of beings which ascends from the most material and inactive kinds through the vegetative kinds, the animal kinds, and the rational animal humankind, to the one utterly active and intelligent, non-dependent and uncreated divine being.
But the objects of human activities are intelligible opportunities such as coming to know, being alive and healthy, being in friendship with others, and so forth — objects whose attractiveness, fittingness, opportuneness, or appropriateness is in no way dependent upon, or even much enhanced by, the thought that they are distinctively characteristic of human beings as opposed to other animals.
For a premise containing no evaluative or normative term cannot entail a conclusion including such a term. Aquinas has a fairly careful account of the self-evidence of a number of foundational evaluative and normative principles, but only one or two of them are said by him to point to kinds of operatio distinctive of human beings; two of the foundational principles are explicitly said by him to direct to goods that are not peculiar to human beings.
For life as a whole is open-ended both in having no knowable duration see 2. Moreover, Aquinas like Aristotle regularly insists on the irreducibility of the distinction or distinctions between, on the one hand, ars or factio arts, crafts, techniques and actio the precise subject-matter of morality and morally significant choices.
Moreover, when Aquinas does refer to beatitudo as fundamental to identifying the principles of practical reason and the natural because reasonable moral law, he in the same breath emphasizes that this is not to be thought of as the happiness of the deliberating and acting individual alone, but rather as the common flourishing of the community, ultimately the whole community of humankind: The ultimate end of human life is felicitas or beatitudo… So the main concern of law [including the natural moral law] must be with directing towards beatitudo.
The philosophical positions in ethics and politics including law that are explored in this article belong to categories i and ii. But the propositions that he holds about what the true last end or ultimate destiny of human beings actually is belong to category iii and cannot be affirmed on any philosophical basis, even though philosophy, he thinks, can demonstrate that they are neither incoherent nor contrary to any proposition which philosophy shows must be affirmed.
So too, practical reason is not a distinct power. Thinking and judging of the latter kind is practical, that is, intends to terminate in choice and action in Greek praxis, in Latin actio.
One would have no need to deliberate unless one were confronted by alternative attractive possibilities for action kinds of opportunity between which one must choose in the sense that one cannot do both at the same time, if at all and can choose.
There could be no normativity, no practical choice-guiding directiveness, unless free choices were really possible.
Nor is it that chosen acts must be immediately preceded by choice: He is also insistent that if there were no such freedom and self-determination, there could be no responsibility fault, merit, etc. The analysis shows the centrality of intention in the assessment of options and actions.
An act ion is paradigmatically what it is intended to be; that is, its morally primary description — prior to any moral evaluation or predicate — is the description it had in the deliberation by which one shaped the proposal to act thus. Of course, the behavior involved in that act can be given other descriptions in the light of conventions of description, or expectations and responsibilities, and so forth, and one or other these descriptions may be given priority by law, custom, or some other special interest or perspective.
But it is primarily on acts qua intended, or on the acts e. So, for example, direct killing of the innocent is taken to refer to behavior whose causally immediate effect is killing, or which has its lethal effect before it has its intended good effect.
The most objective account of human action is provided by the account that is most subjective. They are thus to be distinguished clearly, as Aristotle already emphasized, from standards which are practical, rational, and normative in a different way, namely the technical or technological standards internal to every art, craft, or other system for mastering matter.
The absolutely first principle is formal and in a sense contentless. Like the logical principle of non-contradiction which controls all rational thought, it expresses, one might say, the pressure of reason and is so far from being empty of significance and force that its form may be regarded as the frame, and its normativity the source, for all the normativity of the substantive first principles and of the moral principles which are inferable from them.
But Grisez gave reason to think these abbreviations both exegetically and philosophically unsound. Aquinas regards each of the first practical principles as self-evident per se notum: Moreover, when describing the first practical principles as self-evident, Aquinas emphasises that self-evidence is relative: And we should expect our understanding of first principles to grow as we come to understand more about the objects to which they refer and direct e.
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When we focus on the recipient of the natural law, that is, us human beings, the thesis of Aquinas's natural law theory that comes to the fore is that the natural law constitutes the basic principles of practical rationality for human beings, and has this status by nature (ST IaIIae 94, 2).
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