Natural Law and Perspectivism: A Case for Plural Definitions of Objective Morality

Todd A. Salzman, Michael G. Lawler

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Abstract

This essay is about Catholic theological ethics and an explanation of competing answers to questions raised by Catholic ethicists. The core of the essay is a presentation of the cognitional theory of perspectivism as a counter to the concerns of relativism raised by Popes John Paul II and Benedict XVI. The essay considers the foundational theory of natural law and contrasts its 19th-century neo-Thomist understanding with Aquinas's own understanding of natural law as reason. As a concrete illustration of the theories of perspectivism and natural law, the essay considers the question of contraception and its competing Catholic answers.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)3-18
Number of pages16
JournalIrish Theological Quarterly
Volume82
Issue number1
DOIs
StatePublished - 2016

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Morality
Perspectivism
Natural Law
Benedict XVI
Theological Ethics
Ethicists
Thomas Aquinas
Relativism
Thomist
Contraception

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Religious studies

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Natural Law and Perspectivism : A Case for Plural Definitions of Objective Morality. / Salzman, Todd A.; Lawler, Michael G.

In: Irish Theological Quarterly, Vol. 82, No. 1, 2016, p. 3-18.

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