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The concept of Natural Law has an extensive history in western thought. Natural law formed the basis of law in the American common law tradition for much of the early years of the American republic, although that tradition has been largely abandoned in favor of an essentially positivistic interpretation of law.
The precept of Natural Law asserts that there exists a common foundation in human ethics, and that this cornerstone of human ethics indicates the existence of an objective moral sense which is inherent to human nature. The philosophic derivation of the Natural Law is thus:
By the above sequence of deductions, we can define Natural Law as being Universal, non-man-made, binding, and immutable conditions which govern the consequences of human behavior.
It is important to note that Natural Law is not synonymous with “Darwinism” or the “Law of the Jungle”. Natural law, as it applies to humans, is distinct from other entities and forces in nature, because human nature has qualities that are unique to humans. Natural law for dogs, cats, lions, chimps, and amoebas are distinct from humans and even each other because these entities have unique natures which distinguish them from other classes of beings.
One quality of Natural Law is the attempt to reduce the scope of statutes which are enforceable through violence to those which are strictly necessary to ensure the peaceful coexistence of humans within a given social context.
This selection of attributes describing common features and flaws present in general human psychology are based largely on Robert Greene's book, The Laws of Human Nature. Since the term law designates an immutable condition, I take some issue with Greene's use of the term in reference to the concepts he describes in his work. The concepts he explores are indeed Read More >>