Essay heading: laws and vyrtue

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Aquinas says that "hence it is clear that the proper effect of law is to lead its subjects to their proper virtue; and since virtue is ?that which makes its possessor good', it follows that the proper effect of law is to make those to whom it is given good, either absolutely or relatively" (Aquinas, p...
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97). In other words, he claims that it is the aim and function of law to promote virtue. However, the function of law is not to teach people to behave well. That is, law does not tell people to behave well, help poor people or feed the animals in the street. They just prevent people from doing bad things, and law can not force people to do good things...
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