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The Disfigured Face: Traditional Natural Law and Its Encounter with Modernity

Luis Cortest


The central argument of this book is that the traditional notion of Natural Law has almost disappeared from the ethical and moral discourse of our time. For Thomas Aquinas, the author whose conception of Natural Law forms the foundation for the book, the ontological and ethical orders are not autonomous but inseparable—in effect, his ethical system is an “ontological morality.” For Thomas, the ethical (practical wisdom) must be understood as an extension of the metaphysical (speculative wisdom). Mos ... More

Keywords: Natural Law, Thomas Aquinas, ontological morality, metaphysics, ethics, practical wisdom, speculative wisdom, positive rights, John Locke, Kant

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2008 Print ISBN-13: 9780823228539
Published to Fordham Scholarship Online: March 2011 DOI:10.5422/fso/9780823228539.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Luis Cortest, author