Natural Law

Melissa Moschella, Robert George

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The natural law tradition of thought about morality and jurisprudence has its roots in ancient Greek and Roman philosophy, was developed and systematized by Scholastic thinkers, particularly Thomas Aquinas, and continues to be influential to the present day. This article focuses on the central tradition of natural law thinking, outlining its basic features with particular attention to its political and legal implications as well as its relation to the social and behavioral sciences.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationInternational Encyclopedia of the Social & Behavioral Sciences: Second Edition
PublisherElsevier Inc.
Number of pages5
ISBN (Electronic)9780080970875
ISBN (Print)9780080970868
StatePublished - Mar 26 2015

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Social Sciences(all)


  • Authority
  • Civil disobedience
  • Ethics
  • H.L.A. Hart
  • Human nature
  • John Finnis
  • Law
  • Legal positivism
  • Morality
  • Natural law
  • Obligation
  • Rights
  • Thomas Aquinas


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