Philosophy of Law in the Later Middle Ages

  • Anthony J. Lisska
  • Brian Tierney


This chapter has a twofold purpose. First of all, it considers the development of natural law moral theory and jurisprudence in the work of certain philosophers who followed Thomas Aquinas (ca. 1226–1274), including Roger Bacon (1214–1294), John Duns Scotus (1274–1308), John of Paris (d. 1306), Marsilius of Padua (1280–1342), and William of Ockham (1280–1347). Second, there follows an elucidation of the development of natural human rights theory. This deals with recent work in the history of human rights theory, arguing that subjective human rights have an earlier appearance in Western jurisprudence than previous scholarship suggested.


Human Nature Natural Kind Moral Theory Human Person Fourteenth Century 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • Anthony J. Lisska
    • 1
  • Brian Tierney
    • 1
  1. 1.Social Philosophy and Policy FoundationBowling GreenUSA

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