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    The Heythrop Journal, EarlyView.
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    In this short monograph, Riccardo Saccenti surveys the various and competing interpretations of natural law and natural right from the late Middle Ages through the modern period. As “a survey,” the intention of this book is not so much to advance and defend a central thesis about natural law, but rather to paint a picture of how the various interpreters of natural law have responded to the most important primary texts and to one another. One of the issues with which Saccenti is most concerned is…Read more
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    Is Usury Still a Sin? Thomas Aquinas on the Justice and Injustice of Moneylending
    Proceedings of the American Catholic Philosophical Association 261-269
    This paper examines Thomas Aquinas’s condemnation of usury. In the first section, the details of Thomas’s teaching are examined with special attention to the so-called “extrinsic titles” discussed in the Middle Ages as qualifications of the moral and legal strictures concerning moneylending. The reminder of the paper examines the particular extrinsic title of Lucrum Cessans, which Thomas rejects, and attempts to square that rejection with other texts implying that compensation for lost profit is…Read more
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    A Thomistic Analysis of the Hart-Fuller Debate
    Proceedings of the American Catholic Philosophical Association 89 277-286. 2015.
    In 1958, the Harvard Law Review published a now-famous debate between H. L. A. Hart and Lon Fuller regarding the proposed connection between law and morality. Whereas Hart defended a broadly positivist conception of law, Fuller advanced a kind of natural law theory that has greatly influenced judicial interpretation in the United States. This paper examines the debate and provides a commentary in light of the natural law theory of Thomas Aquinas. Whereas it is not surprising that Aquinas would r…Read more
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    A Thomistic Analysis of the Hart-Fuller Debate in advance
    Proceedings of the American Catholic Philosophical Association. forthcoming.
  • The Question of Punishment and the Contemporary Relevance of Thomas Aquinas
    Dissertation, University of Toronto (Canada). 2002.
    Justifying the human institution of punishment has been a central theme in the history of moral and political philosophy. At no time has this been more apparent than at the present, where this question has evoked a great debate between two schools of thought, namely, utilitarianism and retributivism. This thesis firstly attempts to articulate the central questions underlying this debate and to articulate the powerful criticisms each side renders against one another. It is our thesis that, wherea…Read more
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    The Philosophy of Punishment and the History of Political Thought (edited book)
    University of Missouri. 2011.
    These are some of the many questions contemplated in these essays, which explore the contributions of nine major thinkers and traditions regarding the question of punitive justice.
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