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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Property represented a problem for medieval economic thinkers because both scripture and natural law sanctioned the community of goods.
Such interconnection is traditionally asserted in the principle of causality or 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.
Once unhinged from the higher natural law, the positive law of our legislatures and our courts became like paper money unhinged from gold.
Natural Family Planning cooperates with the natural law and teaches that fertility is to be treasured, not feared.
This problem of the efficacy of natural law is strategically important to the pro-life movement.

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