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Explain Aquinas view of Natural Moral Law Natural Law the idea that everything within the world has a purpose uses the definition that a good object is one that fulfils its purpose so for instance a good pen would be a pen that doesnt leak doesnt break writes well doesnt dry and is comfortable This absolute morality which looked like it could hold water as it could apply to any culture or religion but there is a problem as it is fine to apply this law to objects but what about humans What makes a good human A good human would be a human that fulfilled the purpose of a human But what is the purpose of a human Aristotle believed the answer to this question lies within the idea that humans are thinking feeling animals The purpose of an animal is to survive eat and reproduce these all apply to humans but we also have higher intellectual purposes such as feeling and thinking Then in the 13th Century St Thomas Aquinas came and developed this idea and then went on to form his own version of moral law Aquinas developed the idea of a humans purpose so he came up with his own His idea was around 5 primary precepts or laws for all to adhere to 1To learn 2To live 3To reproduce 4To contribute to society 5To worship God While Aquinas thought of these rules he believed they were ultimately created by God as guidelines for living The first four of these rules were taken from various ancient Greek philosophers but mainly Aristotle who also believed in the idea of Natural Law Then Aquinas a devout Christian and strong believer in God added the fifth primary precept to worship God Then Aquinas established a set of secondary precepts or rules used to help enforce to adherence to the primary precepts A lot of the secondary precepts can be found in
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