Aquinas Vs. Hobbes On Natural Law

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Philosophy

 

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Marcella A

 

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October 14, 2014

 

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University

 

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Some of these philosophers included St. Thomas Aquinas and Thomas Hobbes. For Aquinas, natural law exists in the individual’s conscience, opposing to Hobbes belief that individuals had limited access to virtue, and therefore needed to be coerced into doing good by the state. Throughout their views of natural law, each is vital to show an idea of how human beings and the government should function in the world...
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The idea of natural law is that moral ideals are derived from the nature of humans; as well as being given to a higher being, God. Through natural law, Aquinas believed that a citizen is not bound to obey an unjust law if he can do so without harm or causing turmoil. He also believed that positive law originated from natural law...
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