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What is natural law?

What is natural law? Here are some definitions.

  1. (philosophy) An ethical theory that posits the existence of a law whose content is set by nature and that therefore has validity everywhere.
  2. (law) A generally accepted concept of the philosophical system of legal and moral principles purportedly deriving from a of natural or divine justice and not from a position of positive law but of ideas of right and wrong.
  3. Law of nature; relating to natural phenomena.
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Once unhinged from the higher natural law, the positive law of our legislatures and our courts became like paper money unhinged from gold.
He was certainly no British doctrinal conservative, looking to God, natural law, loyalty and duty.
This problem of the efficacy of natural law is strategically important to the pro-life movement.
In this way, Kant renders a service akin to that which Aristotle, Aquinas, and Locke offer though their descriptions of natural law.
For example, Albert the Great remarked that the more general a precept is, the more properly it may be said to belong to the natural law.
This natural law is the foundation of criminalistics and is the motivation behind the acquisition and analysis of trace evidence.

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