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This index presents a list of terms and concepts that occur in the book The Disintegration of Natural Law Theory: Aquinas to Finnis. Natural law is defined by Aquinas as the participation of rational creatures in the eternal law. Natural law is 'the light of natural reason by which we discern what is good and what evil', or 'the impression of divine light upon us'. The eternal law is an ordering principle regulating God's creation, rather than a set of coercive precepts. Natural law is not a set of moral rules, precepts and prohibitions. It denotes the capacity of human beings to adopt a style.

Keywords: Aquinas; natural law



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