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By John Finnis

This booklet makes use of modern analytical instruments to supply simple bills of values and rules, neighborhood and `common good', justice and human rights, authority, legislation, the kinds of legal responsibility, unjust legislations, or even the query of divine authority.

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His theory of obligation is un developed, but seems to be the same as Suarez’s: obligation is the effeet of the Impmum of a superior. 8, below). Vazquez regards law as an aCt of intellect, rather than of will; but those who seize on this to liken him to Aquinas and oppose him to Suarez ahogether overlook that for Vazquez the relt~”ant ‘aet ofintelleet’ is no more than an inllmallO to an inferior of the will of his superior: Vazquez, op. , dispo 150, c. 3, no. 19; dispo 49, c. 2, no. 6 (and this is essentially the ,’iew of Suarez, De Legibus, Book I, c.

Pare Chroust, op. , p. 114, he does not say that the naturallaw is ‘eompelling without being expressly commanded’. His theory of obligation is un developed, but seems to be the same as Suarez’s: obligation is the effeet of the Impmum of a superior. 8, below). Vazquez regards law as an aCt of intellect, rather than of will; but those who seize on this to liken him to Aquinas and oppose him to Suarez ahogether overlook that for Vazquez the relt~”ant ‘aet ofintelleet’ is no more than an inllmallO to an inferior of the will of his superior: Vazquez, op.

So far as I can see, Strauss, in his exposition of ‘c1assic natural right’ (Natural Right and History, ch. , p. 7) that ‘natural right in its classic form is connected with a teleological view of the uni verse’ . Hart too gives much prominence to this claim (Concept of Law, pp. 182-7), but actUally refers only to such minor figures (for the history of natural law theory) as Montesquieu and Blackstone. It is true that the naturallaw theory of, say, Aristotle and Aquinas goes along with a teleological conception of nature and, in the case of Aquinas, with a theory of divine providence and eternallaw.

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