Eugene F Rogers Jr

In what follows I elaborate on the claim, common to Thomas Aquinas and Judith Butler, that a body is that which demands language. First, I undermine the claim that natural law functions in Aquinas primarily to give content to morality, particularly in the case of what he calls, in the Summa Theologiae and the Commentary on Romans, "the vice against nature," and I heighten the surprisingness of the claims with a comparison to Butler. Second, I take up a possible objection to the claim that natural law chiefly functions otherwise than to give content, since in two cases it does seem to do so, namely in Aquinas's explications of lying and lying with a member of the same sex. The account becomes an exhortation to come out, to obey the "natural" demand of the body for language.

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