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 following are main attributes of lex naturalis:
(51.) See generally LEX NATURALIS, IUS NATURALIS, supra note 43, at
Zur Diskussion fiber praktische Vernunft und lex naturalis bei Thomas yon Aquin, 39 STUDIA MORALIA 113-58 (2001).
Hobbes is clear that restrictions on jus naturale are imposed only by the law of nature: A LAW OF NATURE, (Lex Naturalis,) is a Precept, or generall Rule, found out by Reason, by which a man is forbidden to do, that, which is destructive of his life, or taketh away the means of preserving the same; and to omit, that, by which he thinketh it may be best preserved.