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Explain how Natural Law is both teleological and deontological.

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´╗┐Explain how Natural Law is both teleological and deontological. Natural Law, according to Cicero is, ?right reason in agreement with nature.? In other words, Natural Law is a set of five distinct principles which every human being is naturally inclined to live their life by. These five principles are known as the primary precepts. It is said by many that Natural Law is purely deontological considering the fact that you have a duty not to go against the primary precepts. However, if one delves deeper into the origins of Natural Law they will find that in fact, it comes from an Aristotelean teleological worldview and therefore, Natural Law is both teleological and deontological. ...read more.

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According to Aquinas, Natural Law is the divine will of God and thus, one is sinning if they do something which goes against Natural Law. For example, Aquinas would say that contraception is intrinsically wrong and is an apparent good instead of a real good due to the fact that it goes against the primary precept of reproduction. The fact that Natural Law focuses much on the ethicalness on an action and on the duty to a set of rules shows that without a doubt, Natural Law is deontological. ...read more.

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The fact that Natural Law is concerned with the consequences of our actions show that Natural Law is definitely teleological. However, Natural Law is not simply just deontological or just teleological but instead it is a combination of the both. This is for the reason that firstly, we have no choice on whether to follow them or not, as otherwise we would be going against the divine will of God and our own human nature and secondly, we follow Natural Law with regard to the consequences of our actions, and on whether our actions help us to fulfil our God given telos. ...read more.

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