Natural law

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Abstract

Natural law was a key concept in medieval moral and political theories. Originating in ancient Greece, it came to medieval thought mainly through the canon and civil law texts. Commentators on these texts tried to solve various difficulties, especially regarding the justification of property. Thomas Aquinas, Duns Scotus, William of Ockham, and many other theologians discussed natural law, especially in relation to God’s commandments.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationEncyclopedia of medieval philosophy
Subtitle of host publicationphilosophy between 500 and 1500
EditorsHenrik Lagerlund
Place of PublicationNew York
PublisherSpringer, Springer Nature
Pages831-839
Number of pages9
ISBN (Print)9781402097287
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2011

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