Natural Law

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Natural Law

In philosophy, the idea that that right and wrong are fixed, immutable things that human reason can discern. Some natural law theorists base natural law on their ideas about God, but one does not need to believe in God in order to believe in natural law. It forms the philosophical basis for what are now called human rights and for that reason is an important contributor to modern liberalism.
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The lex naturalis however, one would think, rather emerges as a kind of norm-setting that is prior to prudence, and establishes and justifies it.
40) But if Hobbes is in fact claiming that the lex naturalis is grounded in God's right, then once again obligations are not freely imposed.
Briefly, there was the separation of the lex aeterna and the lex naturalis in a way the natura normativa was understood either in voluntarist terms by nominalism, or in rationalist terms by baroque Scholasticism (Gabriel Vasquez) and Stoicism (Pufendorf).