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Single Idea 19897

[catalogued under 25. Society / E. State Functions / 1. The Law / b. Natural law]

Full Idea

Laws human must be made according to the general laws of Nature.

Gist of Idea

Human laws must accord with the general laws of Nature


Richard Hooker (Of the Laws of Ecclesiastical Polity [1593], III s.9), quoted by John Locke - Second Treatise of Government

A Reaction

The point simply seems to be that they won't get assent from the public if they are not in accord with natural justice. Positivists say you can make any damned law you like.

Book Reference

Locke,John: 'Two Treatises of Government' [Everyman 1988], p.186

Related Idea

Idea 19896 It is not a law if not endorsed by the public [Hooker,R]