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The Psychological Foundation For An Integrated Course In Law And Ethics, Richard Mcgowan Jan 2005

The Psychological Foundation For An Integrated Course In Law And Ethics, Richard Mcgowan

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Centuries ago, Thomas Aquinas noted that “human reason must proceed from the precepts of the natural law as from certain common and indispensable principles to other more particular dispositions” (ST I-II, 91, 3) He said that “because of the uncertainty of human judgment, especially in contingent and particular matters, it happens that different decisions are made about different human acts so that laws are often divergent and even contradictory.” (91, 4) To the casual reader, Thomas might be endorsing a position akin to ethical relativism but Thomas finds little to endorse about that position: “the truth is the same for ...