Natural Law And Human Law Essay

1992 Words Nov 5th, 2014 8 Pages
Natural law can be considered to be the root of human morality and Aquinas’s idea of a Natural law implies that it is divine, immutable and eternal, but also very general with many grey areas. The fact that natural law is very general causes us humans to create human laws that are created to handle specific cases, which natural law may not be able to find a just solution. According to Aquinas Natural law is to “general” to handle the many situations that can be found in the legal system and human law allows us to find a clear and just answer with minimal errors; which is not the case with natural law. Aquinas also believes that for a human law to have a binding force so that people actually follow the law, is to have the law promulgated or advertised, so people are actually aware that this law does exist.
Natural law defined by Aquinas has four parts, one; that is an ordinance of reason, two; the end goal is common good, three; the person who makes the law has the “good” for the community as top priority, and finally four; that it must be promulgated. This basically means that law must be made by a being of reason with an end or goal in mind. The law must also be directed towards the common good; which is considered by Aquinas to be the end or goal the law must achieve, so the law cannot help a specific group or community but must be good for everyone. Also the law maker or in Aquinas’s case God, must put the community’s needs above all when making…

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