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natural law

n.
A body of moral and ethical principles that are considered to be inherent in nature itself or deducible through reason alone, often contrasted with positive law.

natural law

n
1. (Philosophy) an ethical belief or system of beliefs supposed to be inherent in human nature and discoverable by reason rather than revelation
2. (Philosophy) a nonlogically necessary truth; law of nature. See also nomological2
3. (Philosophy) the philosophical doctrine that the authority of the legal system or of certain laws derives from their justifiability by reason, and indeed that a legal system which cannot be so justified has no authority

nat′ural law′


n.
a principle or body of laws considered as derived from nature, right reason, or religion and as ethically binding in human society.
[1350–1400]

natural law

The body of law that is believed to be inherent in human nature.
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Noun1.natural law - a rule or body of rules of conduct inherent in human nature and essential to or binding upon human society
concept, conception, construct - an abstract or general idea inferred or derived from specific instances
divine law - a law that is believed to come directly from God
principle - a basic truth or law or assumption; "the principles of democracy"
sound law - a law describing sound changes in the history of a language
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For if what the tradition claims about moral reality is true--that the natural moral law, known on some level to all, just is the starting point for practical reason--then every instance of reasoned argument about good or bad or choiceworthy or fitting courses of action for human beings is in some sense an example (even if confused) of the natural law in practice.
assessed as just or unjust by the standards of the natural moral law,
an effective deepening of the doctrine on natural moral law.
Martin Rhonheimer, professor of ethics and political philosophy at the Pontifical University of the Holy Cross in Rome, is best known in Anglophone circles as a Catholic philosopher engaged in some of the more interesting debates about the natural moral law, Thomistic action theory, and applied ethics.
1) The renewal of moral theology is characterized by the use of Sacred Scripture, the understanding of the nature of Christian ethics as Christocentric, the relevance of history in moral theology, the integral nature of human activity, and the natural moral law, among other characteristics.
Contrary to Lamont's rejection of (purportedly) Suarez's understanding of a right as a subjective moral power, I show that it is understood in relation to the natural moral law, an objective order of justice, which is precisely what Lamont advocates for when he tries to make sense of the way one can accept the Church's understanding of rights.
a personalist understanding of the natural moral law in the tradition of Thomas Aquinas best unites teleological and deontological tensions in modern moral theory.
One wishes Fisher had developed this theme, reminiscent of the natural moral law, more than he did.
Indeed, the utterly positivist state disconnected from the natural moral law actually laid the groundwork for universitas.
The difficulty with D'Amico's policy is that many people, including the teaching authority of the Catholic Church, reject the "openly gay", that is, the homosexual lifestyle including "same-sex" so-called marriage, as contrary to the law of God, contrary to the natural moral law and human reason, and contrary to the common good of society.