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English: My approach to natural law in the sermons and writings of Antoninus of Florence is stimulated by the recent revival of the theory of natural law which arguably began with John Finnis and his nineteen-eighty book Natural Law and Natural Rights. Finn is aimed to rescue the theory of law from legal positivism and to encourage systematic discussion of legal and moral issues, and their connection. He proposed that the way forward lay with the original conceptual framework of Thomas Aquinas, stripped of its later neo-Thomist accretions. In collaboration with the moral philosopher Germain Grisez, he initiated a fresh reading of Aquinas as a way of establishing a legal theory that could respond to the horrors of the post second world war period. My remit this morning is to examine another reading of Thomas Aquinas -the reading undertaken by Antoninus of Florence in the mid-fifteenth century. I begin by positioning Antoninus within his own self-concept of what he was attempting to do when writing theology. Then I will outline Antoninus's teaching on natural law, before offering some concluding remarks about natural law in the sermons of Antoninus and the broader context of Renaissance Florence.


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Alternate title: Natural Law in the sermons and other writings of Antoninus of Florence

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