The Pathos of Politics (14) Natural Law

Natural Law

Natural law is a philosophy of justice supposedly based upon the nature of humanity, and therefore presumed universal. Natural law aims to connect ethics with human nature as a basis for determining what rights should be inalienable, and for adjudging the justness of laws.

Musings of Plato and Aristotle laid the foundations for natural law that emanated from later thinkers who faced political dilemmas after the demise of the independent city-state.