The Binding Power of Human Law


1. Wolff argues that human beings should take responsibility for their own actions.  But to take responsibility for one’s actions requires that one be the final arbiter of their morality.  Sure, we can learn from others: namely, we can listen to see if others convince us.  We do not, however, accept something from someone just because they say so.  

1.9. "Objections" aren't Aquinas' own view!!

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2. What Aquinas calls “human law” is laws created solely by human beings.  St. Thomas Aquinas (13th century philosopher and theologian, Dominican friar, one of the most influential theologians in the Western Church) distinguishes between natural law which is binding on all human beings no matter what—this is the moral law—and human law, the law that human beings produce.