Edmund Burke and Aquinas’s Treatise on Law

The Edmund Burke Society studies and propagates the thought of Edmund Burke as a natural law conservatism. The Society insists that Burke’s political philosophy does not make sense without the underpinning of classical natural law crucially influenced by St Thomas Aquinas’s Treatise on Law, but going back through the Church Fathers to Cicero, Aristotle and Plato.

As we witness in Australia the grip on politics and society by those subscribing to Marxism and its outgrowths of identity politics and postmodernism, an understanding of natural law and its application has never been more necessary. Conservatives must be able to argue the existences of objective standards, a correct understanding of society, and the prescriptive nature of settled arrangements.

For this purpose I have abridged Aquinas’s long Treatise on Law to highlight the main points of Natural Law and Human Law:


Gerard Wilson