Natural Law

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Natural Law or Law of Nature is a universal law that is set by nature. It is called lex naturalis in Latin. It refers to the use of reason to analyze human nature and deduce binding rules of moral behavior.

The Natural Law Theory, according to Salmond, consists of 'objective moral principles which depend on the essential nature of the universe and which can be discovered by natural reason'. The theory says that a higher or universal law exists that applies to all human beings, and written laws should imitate these inherent principles. If a written law is unjust, then it is not a true (natural) law and need not be obeyed.

Classes of Natural Law

Natural Law can be studied in four classes

  • Ancient Theory
  • Medieval Theory
  • Renaissance Theories
  • Modern Theories

Related Topics

  • Plato
  • Aristotle
  • Stoic natural law
  • Cicero
  • Christian natural law
  • English jurisprudence
  • American jurisprudence
  • Islamic natural law
  • Hobbes
  • Cumberland's rebuttal of Hobbes
  • Liberal natural law

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