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ID number:247171
Published: 09.07.2010.
Language: English
Level: Secondary school
Literature: n/a
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When human law, the laws brought about through human government, disagree with natural law, then the human law is no longer a law that should be obeyed, but it is a corruption of law. Aquinas believed that “an unjust law is no law at all.” By this, he is relying upon Aristotle’s metaphysical doctrine that to understand what a thing is one must understand its function. For example, a knife that does not cut is not a knife. Similarly for Aquinas, a law that is unjust is not a law because the function of law is to promote the common good. Thus, an unjust law is a corruption of law since it does not promote the common good.…

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