Oh? And when did he feel such an urge?
Isa seems to think about a Platonic system of ethics instead of natural law.somewhere here I linked to paper on the Plato (or at least Neo-Platonism) Aquinas swallowed with his Aristoteleanism. That he swallowed it without question, just because-he thought-"the Philosopher" said so, damns NL far more than I ever could.
Actually, Aquinas disagreed with Aristotle whenever he felt it necessary to do so. So no, he didn't just "swallow" Aristotle. try again.
1. Aristotle believed that there were 55 unmoved movers; Aquinas believed that there is one creator, God.
2. Aristotle thought friendship with God was impossible; Aquinas believed that friendship with God is man's final end.
3. Aristotle thought that there were absolutely no Platonic forms; Aquinas recognized that such plans for creation must exist in the mind of God.
4. Aristotle created a functionalist system of ethics; Aquinas developed a Natural Law theory based on the fact that God has created man in his image.
5. Aquinas did not believe that it is necessary for one to adopt Aristotle's cosmology.
6. Aquinas adopted a theory of participation somewhat influenced by Plato.
7. Aquinas believed that the world was created, and will come to a culmination, while Aristotle believed that the world was an eternal cycle.
8. Aquinas was heavily influenced by the thought of psuedo-Dionysius, which is decidedly not Aristotelian.
etc. etc. etc.
Aquinas did not adopt Aristotle uncritically, but used Aristotle wherever Aquinas believed the philosopher to be a witness to truth.