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8 hours ago Print PDF. THE NEW NATURAL LAW THEORY Christopher O. Tollefsen, University of South Carolina* The New Natural Law (NNL) theory is the name given a particular revival and revision of Thomistic Natural Law theory. The distinctive, and often disputed, areas of contribution by the New Natural Lawyers include the following five, which will be the focus of the remainder of this entry:

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Proponents of Natural Law Primarily natural law theory is

5 hours ago Proponents of Natural Law Primarily, natural law theory is one of the major jurisprudential approaches and advocates for the laws that are basic and fundamental to any human being. Such laws are discoverable by human reason without any reference to a legislative enactment or a judicial decision. It is emphasizes on the point that natural law is superior to the positive law enacted …

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Strengths and Weaknesses of Natural Law Theory by Lauren

8 hours ago It is based on more than hedonisim. The theory has been praised by a number of thinkers for removing the animalistic idea of being entirely focused on individual or group pleasure. This gives humans a higher purpose and adds strength to Natural Law. The Primary precepts are considered "ethically good" in most societies.

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Recent Criticism of Natural Law Theory

7 hours ago Natural Law and Justice,' is a profoundly ambitious study. It not only charts the history of natural law theory through the ages, but also presents a sophisticated philosophical argument that, if valid, makes philosophy a largely meaningless exercise. He argues that all efforts to develop a credible theory of natural law are doomed and

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What are the pros and cons of natural laws? Answers

8 hours ago Natural Law could even be seen as a relativist theory - because the secondary precepts might change as we use our reason differently, perhaps because of the different circumstances we find

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STRENGTHS AND WEAKNESSES OF NATURAL LAW – UnKantrolable

Just Now Strengths: It’s absolutist and deontological, it provides clear-cut rules, e.g. abortion is wrong as it breaks the primary precept to reproduce. Based on human ability to reason and doesn’t rely on unpredictable consequences and emotions.It is therfore universally acceptable. It therefore applies to all people at all times in all people.

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Problems with Natural Law

5 hours ago Critics of natural law theory say that it is doubtful, however, that the inherent nature of Homo sapiens establishes laws of behavior for human beings in the same way as it may establish laws of behavior for cats, lions, and polar bears. It is especially difficult because so much of human behavior is shaped by the environment, that is, by

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Natural and Positive theory of law (comparison and

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The Natural Law Argument MIT

3 hours ago The Natural Law Argument. The Natural Law argument states that the observation of governing laws and existing order in the universe indicates the existence of a superior being who enacted these laws. Russell's criticism to this argument begins by noting that `` a great many things we thought were natural laws are really human conventions''.

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Free Will: the First Principle of Natural Law – THE ROAD

5 hours ago Free Will: the First Principle of Natural Law [ NOTE: This will be the first of a series of posts intended to work out the principles of Natural Law. It will draw from the body of works and understandings of those who have come before me, but it is largely the result of my own effort to work out the principles that govern human behavior.

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Natural Law Theory Queensborough Community College

9 hours ago Natural Law Theory can be held and applied to human conduct by both theists and atheists. The atheist uses reason to discover the laws governing natural events and applies them to thinking about human action. Actions in accord with such natural law are morally correct. Those that go against such natural laws are morally wrong.

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8 hours ago Natural Law Strengths Weaknesses Rational – Natural Law uses practical reason, it is a common-sense approach. Too simplistic - Humans do not have a single ‘fixed’ human nature. God - Doesn’t require belief in God, as it is based on empirical observations of our nature. God - Requires belief in God, as it relies on a God- given purpose

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Pros And Cons Of Natural Law Theory 868 Words Bartleby

8 hours ago Pros And Cons Of Natural Law Theory. 868 Words4 Pages. Natural Law. Thomas Aquinas produced the natural law theory with the believe that all human choices should be an attempt to avoid evil. When considering the option actions, one must evaluate each option to ensure they do not violate any of the six universal human values.

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5.3 Natural Law Theory Philosophical Ethics

3 hours ago 5.3 Natural Law Theory. 5.3. Natural Law Theory. Happiness is secured through virtue; it is a good attained by man’s own will. Natural Law Theory (NLT), as the name suggests, argues that there are standards for right and wrong and these are to be found in nature. Natural things are built (whether by a divine creator or by Darwinian evolution

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A NATURAL LAW SOLUTION TO HEALTHCARE – THE ROAD TO …

7 hours ago If this society still understood and believed in the principles of Natural Law, the current argument over healthcare would be simple to resolve. Here is a simple outline of how healthcare would look under Natural Law. SECTION I: 1 -- No person can or will be forced to provide insurance for another. (This effectively removes…

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Natural Law Theory And Its Flaws The Odyssey Online

5 hours ago Natural Law Theory states firstly 1. God designed the world with built in values and purposes. The first of these premises claims that in God’s design of the world right and good are consistent, and that wrong and bad are inconsistent. In this theory morals are set code that are built into life by God. The Natural Law Theory secondly states, 2.

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LEGAL POSITIVISM vs. NATURAL LAW THEORY

2 hours ago and the natural law theory of positive law are rival views about what is law and what is its relation to justice/morality. Natural Law Theory of Morality i) Even things which are not man-made (e.g. plants, rocks, planets, and people) have purposes or functions, and the “good” for any thing is the realization of its purpose or function.

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Natural Law Theory: Its Past and Its Present

9 hours ago Natural Law Theory: Its Past and Its Present John M. Finnis Notre Dame Law School, This Article is brought to you for free and open access by the Publications at NDLScholarship. It has been accepted for inclusion in Journal Articles by an authorized administrator of NDLScholarship. For more information, please [email protected]

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The Pure Theory of Natural Law Universiteit Gent

Just Now Accordingly, the term ‘natural law’ denotes a natural order of things. ‘Law’ also connotes respectability: law is an order of things that people ought to respect. A natural law theory, in so far as it concerns human affairs, attempts to explain both what the natural law of the human world is and why and how we ought to respect it. However,

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Natural Law Theory: Definition, Ethics & Examples Video

3 hours ago Law and morality are concepts that often go hand in hand--this is known as natural law theory. Learn to describe examples of this theory in real life and explain its relation to terms such as

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An Overview of the Natural School of Law iPleaders

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Natural Law Theory Essay 6453 Words Bartleby

Just Now Pros And Cons Of Natural Law Theory 868 Words 4 Pages. Natural Law Thomas Aquinas produced the natural law theory with the believe that all human choices should be an attempt to avoid evil. When considering the option actions, one must evaluate each option to ensure they do not violate any of the six universal human values.

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A Detailed Review Of The Natural Law Theory: [Essay

8 hours ago Natural law, thus, places a great deal of emphasis on the concepts of morality and law, such as to suggest that an immoral law is not a law at all. Legal realism, on the other hand, signifies a much more distinct quality when compared against the backdrop of natural law theory.

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What are the advantages of natural law? Quora

Just Now Answer (1 of 2): This is by no means a complete answer. However, for the benefit of some who are not very familiar with the Natural Law; it is the real law which recognizes certain truths about humans and the world we live in. These realities are self evident. You don’t need to defy the law of gr

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Natural Law Theory legal definition of Natural Law Theory

5 hours ago There are three schools of natural law theory: divine natural law, secular natural law, and historical natural law. Divine natural law represents the system of principles believed to have been revealed or inspired by God or some other supreme and supernatural being.

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The Natural Law Tradition in Ethics (Stanford Encyclopedia

4 hours ago The Natural Law Tradition in Ethics. First published Mon Sep 23, 2002; substantive revision Sun May 26, 2019. ‘Natural law theory’ is a label that has been applied to theories of ethics, theories of politics, theories of civil law, and theories of religious morality. We will be concerned only with natural law theories of ethics: while such

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THEORIES OF LAW Natural Law, Legal Positivism, The

3 hours ago 1. Thomas Aquinas and Natural Law Theory Natural law theory like legal positivism has appeared in a variety of forms and in many guises. One of the most elaborate statements of natural law theory can be found in Aquinas who distinguished four types of law: eternal, divine, natural, and man-made. So,

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Natural Law Theories (Stanford Encyclopedia of Philosophy)

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1. The sense and force of these questions, and the main features of the kind of answer given by natural law theories, can be given a preliminary indication. On the one hand, natural law theory holds that law's source-based characterits dependence upon social facts such as legislation, custom or judicially established precedentsis a fundamental and primary element in law's capacity to advance the common good, to secure human rights, or to govern with integrity (cf. Green 2003). On the other hand (again cf. Green 2003), the question whether law is of its very nature morally problematic has from the outset been the subject of consideration by leaders of the tradition. (The first issue that Aquinas takes up about human law in his set-piece discussion of law, Summa Theologiae, I-II, q. 95 a. 1, is whether human law [positive law] is beneficialmight we not do better with exhortations and warnings, or with judges appointed simply to do justice, or with wise leaders ruling as they see fit? And see I.3 below.) Classic and leading contemporary texts of natural law theory treat law as morally problematic, understanding it as a normally indispensable instrument of great good but one that readily becomes an instrument of great evil unless its authors steadily and vigilantly make it good by recognizing and fulfilling their moral duties to do so, both in settling the content of its rules and principles and in the procedures and institutions by which they make and administer it. Natural law theories all understand law as a remedy against the great evils of, on the one side anarchy (lawlessness), and on the other side tyranny. And one of tyranny's characteristic forms is the co-optation of law as a mask for fundamentally lawless decisions cloaked in the forms of law and legality. If one thinks perceptively and carefully about what to pursue (or shun) and do (or forbear from), one can readily understand and assent to practical propositions such as that life and health, knowledge, and harmony with other people are desirable for oneself and anyone else. The intrinsic desirability of such states of affairs as one's flourishing in life and health, in knowledge and in friendly relations with others, is articulated in foundational, underived principles of practical reasoning (reasoning towards choice and action). Such first principles of practical reasoning direct one to actions and dispositions and arrangements that promote such intelligible goods, and that directiveness or normativity is expressed by I should or I ought in senses which although truly normative are only incipiently moral. Thomas Aquinas' account of human positive law treats the central case of government as the self-government of a free people by the rulers and institutions which that people has appointed for that purpose, and the central case of law is the co-ordination of willing subjects by law which, by its public character (promulgation), clarity, generality, stability and practicability, treats those subjects as partners in public reason (Summa Theologiae I-II q. 90 a. 4c; q. 95 a. 3c; q. 96 a. 1; q. 97 a. 2). For he defines law as universal (in the logician's sense of universal) practical propositions conceived in the reason of the ruler(s) and communicated to the reason of the ruled so that the latter will treat those propositions, at least presumptively, as reasons for actionreasons as decisive for each of them as if each had conceived and adopted them by personal judgment and choice. Once the determinatio is validly made, fulfilling the criteria of validity provided by or under the relevant legal system's constitutional law, it changes the pre-existing state of the law by introducing a new or amended legal rule and proposition(s) of law. The new or amended legal rule gives judges, other officials, and citizens a new or amended reason for action (or forbearance). The fact that the new or amended rule depends upon the social-fact source constituted or employed by the act of determinatio does not entail that a normative reason (an ought) is being illogically derived from a bare fact (an is). Rather, the new or amended rule is normative, directive and (where that is its legal meaning ) obligatory because that social fact can be the second premise in a practical syllogism whose first premise is normative: there ought to be a maternity hospital in this town, people ought to be protected against homicidal assault, people ought to be required to contribute to the public expenses of appropriate governmental functions, victims of assault, theft, broken contracts, negligence, etc., ought to be compensated, road traffic should be regulated to reduce damaging collisions, and so forth. The moral normativity of the principle is replicated in the more specified rule created by the determinatio, even though the latter is not an entailment of the former. Natural law theory concurs with Raz and Gardner in rejecting the inclusivist restriction as ungrounded, but dissents from them in holding (as Dworkin does too: Dworkin 1978, 47) that any moral rule or principle which a court is bound or authorized to apply, precisely as a court, can reasonably be counted or acknowledged as a law, i.e., as a rule or principle which should be considered already part of our law. Against positivists generally, it holds that (i) little or nothing turns on whether or not moral principles binding on courts precisely as courts should be called part of our law; but (ii) if something does turn on the nameif, for example, it be recalled that courts cannot take judicial notice of any rule or principle not part of our law (and so, as in respect of rules of foreign law, have to hear evidence of the rule's existence and content)it is sounder to say that judicially applicable moral rules and principles (unlike applicable foreign law) are ipso iure (i.e., precisely as morally and judicially applicable) rules of law. Such rules belong to the ius gentium portion of our law. In line with Dworkin's two-dimensions account (thus qualified), natural law theory will assent to the thesis that Green makes characteristic of legal positivism:

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Difference Between Natural Law and Legal Positivism

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Natural Law Theory Research Papers Academia.edu

6 hours ago First, natural law sees law as divinely inspired prophetic poetry. Second, positive law sees the law as a creative human positing (from poetry's poesis). And third, critical legal theory sees these posited laws as calcified prose prisons, vulnerable to poetic liberation.

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The Difference Between Natural Law and Legal Positivism

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1. Natural Law started with the ancient Greeks and suggested that there was a higher power in control of human existence. Natural law deals with the combination of law and morals and is sourced from religion, culture, and reason. It is the means by which human beings can rationally guide themselves to their good and it is based on the structure of reality itself. All human beings possess a basic knowledge of the principles of natural law. Naturalists believe ‘an unjust law is not a law’. Doherty said ‘One of the classical theories of natural law is that there are certain principles of human conduct, awaiting discovery by human reason, with which man-made laws must conform if it is to be valid’ Natural law is what ‘ought’ to be. Some natural law thinkers were Hobbes, Locke, Finnis, Fuller, and Aquinas. Aquinas set the pattern of modern natural law thinking. He divided law into four categories-eternal law, divine law, natural law, and human law. The first precept of the natural law, acco...

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The Sneaky Politics of “Natural Law” The New Republic

6 hours ago The concept of natural rights as a check to state power evolved in the seventeenth century out of natural law theory. As citizens, the idea went, we tacitly enter into a …

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What Is the Difference Between Natural Law and Positive Law?

7 hours ago Based on a strict interpretation of natural law, any legal statute that conflicts with natural law is unjust and should not be obeyed. According to positive legal theory, the legitimacy of a law is not relevant to its morality, but rather stems from the power of the authority that enacted it.

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Natural Law vs. Positive Law Natural Free Law Essays

Just Now “The rights of the people were given and taken away by the state for their own good” (Understanding the Law, 138). He concluded that justice was dependent on a governing body and the obedience to civil, not natural law. Natural and Positive law both strive towards a common goal, that …

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Critique Of Natural Law 1495 Words Internet Public Library

3 hours ago The structure of a human right in law (Numakula 1) Natural Law attempts to identify the fundamentals and the basic human needs that are required to live a good life. But, like many other laws, natural law has its own its own pros and cons that need to be addressed Pros of Natural Law Natural Law is

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Natural Law in Court: A History of Legal Theory in

1 hours ago The theory of natural law grounds human laws in the universal truths of God’s creation. Until very recently, lawyers in the Western tradition studied natural law as part of their training, and the task of the judicial system was to put its tenets into concrete form, building an edifice of positive law on natural law

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Just Now NATURAL LAW THEORY 3 since sometimes many questions arise from the belief in the "natural law". Looking at the two types of the Natural Law theory, the atheist and the theist, it is easy to understand that this law is not made up but has been practised since the birth of man. The atheist extracts the law from studying the normal actions in a human being (Sullivan & Pecorino, 2001).

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Natural Law Internet Encyclopedia of Philosophy

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1. The term \"natural law\" is ambiguous. It refers to a type of moral theory, as well as to a type of legal theory, but the core claims of the two kinds of theory are logically independent. It does not refer to the laws of nature, the laws that science aims to describe. According to natural law moral theory, the moral standards that govern human behavior are, in some sense, objectively derived from the nature of human beings and the nature of the world. While being logically independent of natural law legal theory, the two theories intersect. However, the majority of the article will focus on natural law legal theory.

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Natural Law vs. Positive Law Uncommon Sense

Just Now Natural law is the antithesis of positive law which is based on theories of majority rules, rights are granted and the government’s goal is to serve the majority. In this form of government the will of those in power is enforced and the minority is left unprotected, their rights at risk. The government becomes the arbitrator of right and wrong.

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Utilitarianism, Kantian Ethics, Natural Rights Theories

7 hours ago Utilitarianism, Kantian Ethics, Natural Rights Theories, and Religious Ethics A “utilitarian” argument, in the strict sense, is one what alleges that we ought to do something because it will produce more total happiness than doing anything else would. Act utilitarianism (AU) is the moral theory that holds that the morally right action, the act

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The Problem of Natural Law (Applications of Political Theory)

2 hours ago The Problem of Natural Law takes up the problem of how natural law theory might be made a serious contender in modern moral, political, and legal debate. Author Douglas Kries takes as his starting point the question of how human beings are said to know the natural law, which is a question that has traditionally been answered by appealing to the

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Classical Natural Law Theory CfPS COURSEWEB

6 hours agoNatural law is primarily a theory on morality/ethics and not a theory of law. The ‘Law’ is only one aspect of society which natural law looks at. • Natural Law grapples with the issue of how legal systems/laws acquire legitimacy/validity • Natural law accords primacy to morality and ethical considerations over and above other

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Natural Law: Definition and Application ThoughtCo

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9 hours ago The Natural Law Theory of Ethics . The label “Natural Law Theory” has been used to refer to various philosophical ideas, but for present purposes it refers to theories of ethics having these four features: 1. The moral law is grounded in human nature. 1 Human beings cannot flourish or be genuinely fulfilled unless they heed the moral law

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Outline the Key Principles of Natural Law PHDessay.com

3 hours ago Natural law is humans with a natural sense and the discovery of reason. Human law is some sort of man-made law with the natural law supplied by the government to the societies, and divine law is the specially revealed law in the scriptures. The main aspect of Natural Law theory is that it relies heavily on reason.

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Compare and contrast natural law theory and utilitarianism

4 hours ago Natural Law Theory. According to Jenkins‚ “The natural law theory begins with theories about the nature and purpose of the world and moves on to ask about the purpose of every action or object. The right thing to do is that which fulfils the natural purpose.”Natural law was developed by Thomas Aquinas‚ in which he believed that there is such a thing as natural moral law.

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Natural Law Theory An Explanation Seven Pillars Institute

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1. If natural law is born of the Greeks, it comes of age with the Roman Catholic Church. Perhaps the most famous of natural law theorists is St. Thomas Aquinas (1225-1274). According to Aquinas’s theology, natural law is integral to divine providence. “Eternal law” is the overarching law, established by God, which gives order to the chaos of creation. The portion of eternal law pertaining to human beings is, to Aquinas, natural law. Unlike other natural bodies (earth and animals for instance), humans are not determined by natural law. Instead, God has instilled in us our sense of rationality. With this reason we apprehend and participate in His eternal law if we so choose. Like the Stoics, then, Aquinas thinks that lucid reasoning is the means by which to discern universal moral truth and, by acting in accordance with it, fulfill our destinies (Stanford Encyclopedia of Philosophy, 2002).

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Natural law Wikipedia

1 hours ago Natural law (Latin: ius naturale, lex naturalis) is a system of law based on a close observation of human nature, and based on values intrinsic to human nature that can be deduced and applied independent of positive law (the enacted laws of a state or society). According to natural law theory, all people have inherent rights, conferred not by act of legislation but by "God, nature, or reason."

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How are legal theories different from natural law?

Legal theorists who present or understand their theories as “positivist”, or as instances of “legal positivism”, take their theories to be opposed to, or at least clearly distinct from, natural law theory.

What are the flaws of the natural law theory?

Natural Law Theory And Its Flaws. The first of these premises claims that in God’s design of the world right and good are consistent, and that wrong and bad are inconsistent. In this theory morals are set code that are built into life by God. The Natural Law Theory secondly states, 2. Moral natural laws both describe the way things are,...

What are the positive traits of natural law?

Traditional natural law theory has picked out very positive traits, such as "the desire to know the truth, to choose the good, and to develop as healthy mature human beings”. But some philosophers, such as Hobbes, have found human beings to be essentially selfish.

Why is this book called the Pure Theory of natural law?

Because this book is about the natural law of the human world1, we shall focus on the natural order of human persons rather than the natural order of such things as particles, atoms and molecules, physical states, cells, organs, and life forms such as plants, insects, molluscs, birds and mammals other than those of the human species.

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