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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Yet were natural-law concepts to be abandoned altogether - why, then, indeed, the world would find itself governed by
Although natural-law arguments such as Mansfield's attempt to find a rational basis for homophobia, they are too flawed and contentious to count as reasonable secular justification for government policy biased against gays.
This modern natural-law tradition is clearly aimed at responding to the skeptic who points to the variety of social orders all over the world and demands a justification for any one of them.
This friendship, which was to last until Selden's death in 1654, had an enduring impact on Hale's thought in general and in particular his natural-law theory.
After reviewing too briefly a too substantial body of feminist literature, she can only suggest what a "gender-sensitive natural-law ethic" might be, and even here, she ends quoting another writer.
Natural-law reasoning does require the corrective lens of scripture.
Chapter 3 is particularly helpful in outlining some of the core aspects of natural-law theory.
Mausbach's contribution to late neo-scholastic natural-law theory is seen through his discussions with the Jesuit moral philosopher Victor Cathrein on the nature of the moral good.
A Shared Morality: A Narrative Defense of Natural-Law Ethics
2) The natural-law character in this definition is expressed in the universal scope of this system of norms.
5) Few have therefore developed or investigated a connection between natural-law premises and economic theory.
Efforts to recast natural law as the self-given norm of autonomous human reason may seem to be helpful attempts to rehabilitate natural-law theory in our pluralist and, as Hittinger has it, postChristian milieu (cf.