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By Dyson, R. W.; Aquinas Saint Thomas

"St. Thomas Aquinas (1225-1274) is a vastly influential determine within the background of western idea and of the Catholic Church. during this significant addition to the Cambridge Texts sequence R.W. Dyson (whose smooth rendition of Augustine's urban of God has already been generally acclaimed) has selected texts via Aquinas that convey his improvement of a Christian model of the philosophy of Aristotle, its distinction with the Read more...


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They are derived from it in much the same way as, in scientific or speculative reasoning, we infer particular conclusions from general principles. Some human laws are so close to the general principles of nature that we find them shared by all known peoples. These laws are what Roman law traditionally designates as the ius gentium. Other, more particular, ‘civil’ laws may be peculiar to a given political community and, to that extent, separated from the natural law by a longer chain of reasoning.

Cf. Colossians :; Ephesians :. -Dionysius, De caelesti hierarchia (PG ; and see Pseudo Dionysius: the Complete Works, ed. and trans. C. Luibheid et al. (New York, )). For St Thomas’s discussion of the angelic orders see Ia :.   Government and politics whatsoever; and in this sense even he who has the office of governing and directing free men can be called a master. In the first sense, therefore, one man could not have had dominion over other men in the state of innocence; but, in the second sense, one man could have had dominion over others even in the state of innocence.

For it must be the task of anyone who exercises rule to secure the wellbeing of whatever it is that he rules. For example, it is the task of the steersman to preserve the ship from the perils of the sea and to guide it into a safe harbour. But the good and wellbeing of a community united in fellowship lies in the preservation of its unity. This is called peace, and when it is removed and the community is divided against itself, social life loses its advantage and instead becomes a burden. It is for this end, therefore, that the ruler of a community ought especially to strive: to procure the unity of peace.

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