The Philosophy of Law of Thomas Aquinas
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The great thirteenth-century philosopher and theologian Thomas Aquinas (ca. 1226–1274) played a pivotal role in the history and development of Western jurisprudence. During his productive but short life, Aquinas wrote extensively on moral matters, and as a corollary, on topics in political and legal philosophy. His exposition in Summa Theologiae on matters of law is often referred to as the classical canon of natural law theory.