This new critique of Aquinas's theory of natural law presents an incisive, new analysis of the central themes and relevant texts in the Summa Theologiae which became the classical canon for natural law. Professor Lisska discusses Aquinas's view of ethical naturalism within the context of the contemporary revival and recovery of Aristotelian ethics, arguing that Aquinas is fundamentally Aristotelian in the foundations of his moral theory. The book looks at the historical development of natural law themes in the twentieth century, and in particular demonstrates the important connections between Aquinas and contemporary legal philosophers. The book should be of considerable interest to scholars of jurisprudence as well as philosophers.
`Philosophical controversies over natural law have immediate relevance to conflicts of everyday life ... not the least valuable feature of Anthony J. Lisska's lively and illuminating discussion is his catalogue of positions taken by participants in those controversies ... there are a number of stimulating discussions that deserve independent treatment, notably that of human rights. Lisska's elegant prose-style and clarity of exposition combine to make his
book a pleasure to read. It deserves a wider audience than do most academic books.'
Alasdair MacIntyre, Duke University, International Philosophical Quarterly Vol. XXXVII, No. 1 Issue No. 145 (March 1997)
`All in all, this is a most welcome book...the range of the book is impressive, but just what it must be if the interpretation is to be sustained. Lisska's readers are confronted by a number of deconstructions...Lisska, in his workmanlike way, gains the respect and confidence of his reader. His book should be read and debated. It is a genuine contribution to the effort to decide what in the world moral philosophy is.'
The Medieval Review