Philosophical Plot Challenge of the Week

Broken Mirrors

Okay, so we’re back to a bit of thinking in the philosophy of law today. Consider that there are two major definitions of what a law is or can be. Natural Law theories tend to define a law as something that must inherently be moral. This is not to say that a law cannot be amoral (as in laws concerning how laws are made), but that a law cannot be immoral. For instance, Thomas Aquinas defines a law as ‘a rule or measure that moves towards the common good.’ Now, Aquinas makes the distinction an an unjust law has the appearance of a law but does not have the nature of a law. Thus, a ‘bad law,’ such as Nazi laws or (in the opinion of many) President Obama’s health care plan, is essentially half a law. It can be called ‘law’ because it has the appearance of a law…

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