How does Cicero compare to Aquinas on Natural Law?

April 03, 2017
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In May 2017, Bloomsbury Academic will release A Comparative Analysis of Cicero and Aquinas: Nature and the Natural Law, by Charles P. Nemeth. Nemeth is Professor and Department Chair of Legal Studies, City University of New York.

From the publisher’s description:

In A Comparative Analysis of Cicero and Aquinas, Charles P. Nemeth investigates how, despite their differences, these two figures may be the most compatible brothers in ideas ever conceived in the theory of natural law. Looking to find common threads that run between the philosophies of these two great thinkers of the Classical and Medieval periods, this book aims to determine whether or not there exists a common ground whereby ethical debates and dilemmas can be evaluated. Does comparison between Cicero and Aquinas offer a new pathway for moral measure, based on defined and developed principles? Do they deliver certain moral and ethical principles for human life to which each agree? Instead of a polemical diatribe, comparison between Cicero and Aquinas may edify a method of compromise and afford a more or less restrictive series of judgements about ethical quandaries.

Nehmeth is also the author of other books on law and Aquinas, including Aquinas in the Courtroom: Lawyers, Judges, and Judicial Conduct (Praeger, 2001), Aquinas on Crime (St. Augustine’s Press, 2008), Aquinas and King: A Discourse on Civil Disobedience (Carolina Academic Press, 2009).