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Narrative and the Natural Law

Narrative and the Natural Law

An Interpretation of Thomistic Ethics

Pamela M. Hall

Narrative and the Natural Law brings Thomistic ethics into conversation with ongoing debates in contemporary moral philosophy, especially virtue theory and moral psychology, and with current trends in narrative theory and the philosophy of history. Pamela M. Hall’s study offers a solid, challenging alternative to rigid, legalistic interpretations of the substantial discussions of law in Aquinas’s Summa Theologiae and defends Aquinas’s ethics from charges of excessive legalism.

ISBN: 978-0-268-01485-8
168 pages
Publication Year: 1994

Pamela M. Hall is Associate Professor of Philosophy and Women’s Studies at Emory University.

“Hall’s interpretation of the natural law is philosophically sophisticated and theologically satisfying . . . . She has shown how it is possible to affirm the existence of a natural law, with real normative content, without denying either the importance of history and experience, or the necessity of divine guidance in moral matters. Those who were inclined to reject a doctrine of the natural law out of hand will need to reconsider that rejection in the light of Hall’s innovative reading.” —Studies in Christian Ethics

Narrative and the Natural Law] achieves an important advance in the interpretation of Thomistic ethics through the application of the literary concept of dramatic narrative to the moral life. Hall takes on standard interpretations of Thomistic natural law theory and its neo-Aristotelian rivals in order to develop a new reading of Aquinas . . . . Hall’s reading of Aquinas permits a deeper understanding of moral life.”
International Philosophical Quarterly

P00307

On Faith

Summa Theologiae 2-2, qq. 1–16 of St. Thomas Aquinas

Thomas Aquinas
Translated with an Introduction by Mark D. Jordan

Narrative and the Natural Law

An Interpretation of Thomistic Ethics

Pamela M. Hall

 Narrative and the Natural Law: An Interpretation of Thomistic Ethics
Paper Edition

Narrative and the Natural Law brings Thomistic ethics into conversation with ongoing debates in contemporary moral philosophy, especially virtue theory and moral psychology, and with current trends in narrative theory and the philosophy of history. Pamela M. Hall’s study offers a solid, challenging alternative to rigid, legalistic interpretations of the substantial discussions of law in Aquinas’s Summa Theologiae and defends Aquinas’s ethics from charges of excessive legalism.

ISBN: 978-0-268-01485-8

168 pages

“Hall’s interpretation of the natural law is philosophically sophisticated and theologically satisfying . . . . She has shown how it is possible to affirm the existence of a natural law, with real normative content, without denying either the importance of history and experience, or the necessity of divine guidance in moral matters. Those who were inclined to reject a doctrine of the natural law out of hand will need to reconsider that rejection in the light of Hall’s innovative reading.” —Studies in Christian Ethics

Narrative and the Natural Law] achieves an important advance in the interpretation of Thomistic ethics through the application of the literary concept of dramatic narrative to the moral life. Hall takes on standard interpretations of Thomistic natural law theory and its neo-Aristotelian rivals in order to develop a new reading of Aquinas . . . . Hall’s reading of Aquinas permits a deeper understanding of moral life.”
International Philosophical Quarterly