Natural Law

So here’s another paper, working a bit better with this technology buzz…

The Objective Fallacy

“The natural law tradition is one that often reduced to concerning those contained within the
Christian religion and its contemporaries, but in fact encompasses the Ancient Greek and
Roman traditions up to and including the economic school of law and post-modern
assessments. As Mill wrote, “nature, natural and the group of words derived from them, or
allied to them in etymology… have become entangled in so many foreign associations,
mostly of a very powerful and tenacious character… which their original meaning will by no
means justify and which have made them one of the most copious sources of false taste,
false philosophy, false morality and even bad law”1, thus regardless of how correct it is,
natural law has, as one of its greatest weaknesses become tied to the idea of a
primogenitor set of values that are often too easy to criticize – Platoʼs illustration of the
Philosopher King and higher world of ideas, St. Thomas of Aquinasʼ belief in Godʼs laws of
morality, Richard Posnerʼs use of the free market as the driving force for law and Jean-
Paul Sartreʼs belief in the self, all create a central and immutable set of presumptions that
are far from infallible, all acting as objective moral and ethical standards based on the
philosopherʼs own subjective beliefs and the prevailing ideas of their time. As a result, in
removing all these different schools of thought from natural law (except the Catholic
tradition) is not only factually incorrect, but another of its most significant failings.
As each of these philosophers make fundamental rights (or the restriction of the same) key
to their studies, it is perhaps the most simple area with which to connect them, and in the
process, offering a look into the development of natural law beyond the simplistic views
offered by most scholars.”

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