A Comparative Analysis of Cicero and Aquinas: Nature and the Natural Law

2017.10.11 : View this Review Online | View Recent NDPR Reviews Charles P. Nemeth, A Comparative Analysis of Cicero and Aquinas: Nature and the Natural Law, Bloomsbury, 2017, 192pp., $88.00
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2017.10.11 : View this Review Online | View Recent NDPR Reviews Charles P. Nemeth, A Comparative Analysis of Cicero and Aquinas: Nature and the Natural Law, Bloomsbury, 2017, 192pp., $88.00 (hbk), ISBN 9781350009462. Reviewed by Tony Burns, University of Nottingham This book is, as the title suggests, a comparative study of the thought of Cicero and Saint Thomas Aquinas, focusing on the issue of their respective attitudes towards the notion of natural law. Charles Nemeth's thesis is that 'the natural law philosophies of Cicero and Aquinas, at least in a broad, very general sense, are remarkably similar' (p. 135). Indeed, when they 'are placed side by side, the similarities outweigh the differences' (p. 134). There is evidently some justification for holding this view. It seems to me, however, that Nemeth's over-states his case and that he has a tendency to downplay the significance of a number of differences between the natural law theory of Aquinas and that of Cicero.. . .

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