Natural Law


Also found in: Dictionary, Thesaurus, Medical, Legal, Encyclopedia, Wikipedia.

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.
References in periodicals archive ?
On one side, the idea of a permissive natural law might be used to defend natural rights, in essence declaring that indifferent things should be off-limits to the state, potentially even imposing duties on individuals to respect "choices" within the realm of indifference.
Overwhelmingly, however, Catholic theologians, pastors, and laity were not convinced by the natural law arguments in Humanae Vitae.
Israel was therefore a microcosm of humanity's plight under the natural law.
Since man is created integrally with a body and soul, it is not merely the body which suffers from violations of the natural law, but also the mind and soul.
Brett shows how Hobbes's account relates to earlier treatments of the nature/city problematic by addressing a dominant theme in each chapter as dealt with by natural law theorists.
This is not my view, but I am putting it forth to suggest various ways in which natural law can be used.
Many commandments are reasonable ('they make sense') and some are rational ('they can be demonstrated'): but in Jacobs's reading, there is no concept of universal natural law such that it would underlie Jewish ethics.
Aside from making use of a natural law, the patents claimed only two steps--administering a drug and analyzing a blood sample.
In this book Zagorin, thus, presents a frankly moral picture of Hobbes as virtuous political thinker, secular natural law theorist, and forerunner of liberalism, in each of which respective claims he has been preceded by various other modern-day scholars.
Natural Law and the Two Kingdoms: A Study in the Development of Reformed Social Thought.
One response to this epistemological predicament has been a revival of natural law theory, especially among political conservatives.
In some respects it actually violates the natural law upon which the equality of all human beings is grounded and by which it is guaranteed.

Full browser ?