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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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The Southern judiciary countered the argument of natural law by evoking the argument that, within a democracy, positive law trumped natural law.
Such interconnection is traditionally asserted in the principle of causality or natural law.
He was certainly no British doctrinal conservative, looking to God, natural law, loyalty and duty.
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.
For Elizabethans, positive law derives from natural law, which itself flows from the divine will.
Once unhinged from the higher natural law, the positive law of our legislatures and our courts became like paper money unhinged from gold.

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