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natural law (philosophy) - History, Hobbes' natural law, In contemporary philosophy, In contemporary jurisprudence

In ethics and jurisprudence, a prescriptive law which defines how people ought to behave, and which is said to be rooted in human nature and rationality, not in convention or civil legislation. Notable natural law theorists include the Stoics, Aquinas (for whom natural law derived ultimately from divine law), Grotius, and Kant.

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