Natural Law Reconsidered

The Ethics of Human Liberation

by Stephen Theron (Author)
©2002 Monographs 222 Pages


The natural law reconsidered here is the Thomistic theory previously defended by the author. It is argued that Aquinas removes the legal vocabulary, convenient in view of the Biblical pedagogy, to such an analogical plane that it forms no essential part of his vision of the good life, open to creativity and individual vocation. The thesis of love as the »form of all the virtues» is tested against concrete topics. Ultimate happiness is a unifying human goal and the Gospel beatitudes are, in Aquinas, here and now the charter for this. Natural and hence common human inclinations originate and order ethical imperatives, which thus stem from biogenic roots. Creativity is the sign and effect of such love, integrating ethical and aesthetic motivation. Inert moralism is thus superseded.


ISBN (Softcover)
critical thinking Humanity Religion
Frankfurt/M., Berlin, Bern, Bruxelles, New York, Oxford, Wien, 2002. 221 pp.

Biographical notes

Stephen Theron (Author)

The Author: Stephen Theron was born in England and studied philosophy at the universities of Pittsburgh, Stockholm, and Leeds (Ph.D. 1979). He has held teaching positions at Khartoum, Johannesburg and Roma, Lesotho, and has conducted research at Münster, Germany. He has published five previous books, including The End of the Law (Peeters 1999), Africa, Philosophy and the Western Tradition (P. Lang, 1995), Philosophy or Dialectic? (P. Lang, 1994), as well as some fifty journal and reference articles. He lives in Stockholm and teaches at a local seminary.


Title: Natural Law Reconsidered