Practical reason and first principle of the natural law in Suárez

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Abstract

The aim of this paper is to examine the Suarecian theory of practical reason and its first principle, which is also the first principle of natural law. Although our main source is Suarez's De anima, other texts are used as well, including De legibus ac Deo legislatore and Disputationes metaphysicae, wherein the Jesuit author introduces some relevant insights about the first principle of natural law. This paper attempts to show that Suarecian practical reason operates independently of speculative reason (because both have their own first principles) and that natural law is a norm of reason, i.e., a practical and directive principle of human actions.

Translated title of the contributionPractical reason and first principle of the natural law in Suárez
Original languageSpanish
Pages (from-to)187-204
Number of pages18
JournalScientia et Fides
Volume5
Issue number1
DOIs
StatePublished - 2017

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