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St. Thomas Aquinas' Treatise on Law

ancient treatise on law

On this ground they had acknowledged the necessity of positive law, whose function, they contended, is to enlighten us on the good to be done and by penal sanctions to restrain us, dominated as we are by our passions, from the evil to be avoided. But, however its mythology differed from the positivisms of the English-speaking world, and however its notions of collective vitalism and will differed from the individualist doctrines of appetite across the English Channel, European Fascism took the side of lex-voluntas. Hindu law, states Sarkar, developed the theory of punishment from its foundational theory of what it believed was necessary for the prosperity of the individual and a collection of individuals, of state and non-state. Even the wisest Ulysses was not wholly exempt from a similar weakness, for Homer tells us that he renounced immortality, that he might once more re—visit his beloved Ithaca. However, I wont hurry too eagerly to what I expect you to say on the Civil Law. Essence of the Law Aquinas divided his treatise into several different questions.

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Thomas Aquinas

ancient treatise on law

In a cause where the accusation is for murder, for a robbery, for adultery, for. Edition used: Marcus Tullius Cicero, The Political Works of Marcus Tullius Cicero: Comprising his Treatise on the Commonwealth; and his Treatise on the Laws. Thomas, in that section of his Summa theologica which deals with law, repeatedly appeals to him as the Philosopher par excellence. The philosophers spoke of the nomoi, or laws, with the greatest respect: the peoples who had no polis were to them barbarians. For without doubt those imperious terms, God ought necessarily, are very unsuitable to the majesty of an omnipotent legislator. Should he meet a solitary individual in a desert place, with a large sum of money about him, and altogether unable to defend himself from being robbed, how would he behave? For he who knows himself must be conscious that he is inspired by a divine principle.

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Thomas Aquinas

ancient treatise on law

Regular public prosecutions were referred to as a graphe, and a dike was a private prosecution. The verb to inhume, which is now commonly applied to the burial of the deceased, is most appropriate to those corpses that are interred after being burned. Which kind of authority was at first conferred on the wisest and justest men. Nature, attentive to our wants, offers us her treasures with the most graceful profusion. Yet this principle is altogether general. This view rests substantially upon the fact that the sole and exclusive moral fulfillment of the idea of man was held to lie in citizenship. It is not so much the science of law that produces litigation, as the ignorance of it, potius ignoratio juris litigiosa est quam scientia.

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An 'ancient' treatise no older than 1904

ancient treatise on law

Abolitionist enthusiasm for natural justice found expression in the legislative rather than the judicial arena. The most casual glance at society will convince us that the majority of false measures and mistaken points of honour, without reckoning the erroneous ideas and reasonings which disgrace those who use them, and fatigue those who listen to them, are owing to voluntary ignorance of those great principles of law, which belong not merely to one particular profession, but affect the interests of all. By an infernal system of levelling, it reduced the highest dignities to an equality with the meanest degradations, agitating and confounding all things. In my opinion, it ought to begin with the origin of our state and nation, for the accounts that have hitherto been published respecting our primitive antiquities are so written as never to be read. For even a few noblemen, aye, even a very few, illustrious in fame and fortune, may correct the morals or manners of the state, or cast them into grievious corruptions.

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Treatise

ancient treatise on law

The eternal law gives us our ideas of what is 'right' and what is 'wrong', like it is 'wrong' to endanger the safety of others. Greek Sexual Offences and Their Remedies: Honor and the Primacy of Family. It is these you wish me to elucidate and illustrate, and not the formal regulations of our civic economy. We talk as if all the miseries of man were comprehended in death, pain of body, sorrow of mind, or judicial punishments; which, I grant, are calamitous accidents which have befallen many good men; but the sting of conscience, the remorse of guilt, is in itself an infinitely greater evil, even exclusive of the external punishments which attend it. For, even then he had the light of reason deduced from the nature of things, that incites to good actions and dissuades from evil ones. Positive law and natural law, which indeed is also positive law, stand likewise in no inner relation to each other. This maxim, though we would wish to extend its influence to the whole body of senators, would be of great service, even if it were observed by a few of them.

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Introduction & Index

ancient treatise on law

But when we forge titles according to the fancy of the poets, and call Jove the defender, the invincible, from the idea we conceive of his strength and power, and extol as divine principles, Safety, Honour, Wealth and Victory, we perhaps do little harm, since our minds are supported by the expectation of these excellent things. Nor doth the manner and the method of promulgating a law belong to its inward essence and constitution. If the sacred rites are thus conjoined with pecuniary interests, they are so by your authority as pontiffs, rather than by any law of national obligation. The Arthashastra offers a list with the seven components of the state: The king, the ministers, the country population, geography and natural resources , fortification, treasury, army, and allies. What would become of sacred friendship, if we were not to love our friends for their own sake with all our heart and soul? When scholars write for the general public, or even for the educated portion of the public, they are accustomed to omit all scholarly apparatus.

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The Political Works of Marcus Tullius Cicero, vol. 2 (Treatise on the Laws)

ancient treatise on law

And the same inconvenience attends likewise on the latter opinion. It is here that we see the role in the divine plan and in human life for law, as human beings characteristically understand the term: law, Thomas will have it, is an extrinsic source or principle of human perfection or full human development. The pollutions of the body may indeed be removed by a few ablutions in a few days; but the stains of the conscience cannot be obliterated by any lapse of time, and all the rivers in the world cannot wash them out. They helped the praetors draft their edicts, in which they publicly announced at the beginning of their tenure, how they would handle their duties, and the formularies, according to which specific proceedings were conducted. Secondly, he proceeds to the investigation of the civil law, which gives him an opportunity of noticing the respective relations of magistrates and citizens. According to this tradition, law binds by way of rational obligation.

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Ancient Greek Legal System

ancient treatise on law

If it were otherwise, opinion alone might constitute virtue and happiness, which is the most absurd of suppositions. Far from seeking to change the ancient Roman constitution, I conceive his main object was to reform the abuses of the new one. Answers to the question of how law binds free agents gravitate toward one of two poles, which Rommen characterizes as lex-ratio versus lex-voluntas. It led also to an abhorrence of all sorcery, of belief in demons, of any supposed mystical influence of the transcendent Deity upon a world that moves in accordance with unalterable laws. For the law lies in reason, and speculative reason is able to derive from itself, from contemplation of its own abstract nature, all laws, all morality, and all right in the form of axioms. Second, we need to remember that in Europe—in Germany and Italy in particular—the problems of the Great Depression quickly led to centralized state authority that brutally trampled on individual rights in the name of the common good.

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