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Aquinas on Natural Law

5. The Doctrine of Double Effect and Objections to Natural Law

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Lecture

In this module, we explore Aquinas’ account of the doctrine of double effect, and various objections to natural law. In particular we focus on (i) objections to natural law concerning moral guidance and the precepts (ii) the doctrine of double effect and how it relates to moral dilemmas and the features of human action (iii) the distinction between intention and foresight (iv) the four conditions for double effect (v) the doctrine of double effect and self-defence (vi) objections to the doctrine of double effect.

Course

In this course Dr Daniel De Haan (University of Oxford) examines Aquinas’ ethics of natural law. In the first module, we situate Aquinas’ account of natural law within his overarching theological worldview. Then, we look at Aquinas’ four kinds of law, before moving on to his treatment of natural law. In looking at natural law, we relate Aquinas’ views on reasoning, his distinction between operations, powers and habits of the intellect, and his concept of synderesis to his ethics. In the fourth module, we examine the virtues, and their essential place in Aquinas’ account of natural law. After that we explore some objections to natural law, and investigate Aquinas’ doctrine of double effect as a means to respond to such objections. Finally, we discuss how natural law informs, and features within, contemporary debates concerning human rights, human nature, and morality.

Lecturer

Dr Daniel De Haan is a Senior Research Fellow & Lecturer in Philosophy and Theology in the Catholic Tradition at the University of Oxford. His research interests are in philosophical theology, Christian and religious ethics, and science and religion. His most recent publications include Aquinas on Perceiving, Thinking, Understanding, and Cognizing Individuals (2019), and Approaching Other Animals with Caution: Exploring Insights from Aquinas's Psychology (2019)

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De Haan, D. (2022, March 28). Aquinas on Natural Law - The Doctrine of Double Effect and Objections to Natural Law [Video]. MASSOLIT. https://massolit.io/courses/aquinas-on-natural-law/the-doctrine-of-double-effect-and-objections-to-natural-law

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De Haan, D. "Aquinas on Natural Law – The Doctrine of Double Effect and Objections to Natural Law." MASSOLIT, uploaded by MASSOLIT, 28 Mar 2022, https://massolit.io/courses/aquinas-on-natural-law/the-doctrine-of-double-effect-and-objections-to-natural-law

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