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John Locke's Theory of Natural Law
An examination of the premises that Locke bases his theory upon.
# 24381 | 1,125 words | 2 sources | 2002 | US
Published on Apr 12, 2003 in Philosophy (History - 18th Century) , Political Science (John Locke)

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Examines premises that Locke bases his theory upon. Law of God and Civil laws. Belief in superior power of God. Why man's laws can be changed, but not God's. Natural law and the state of nature. Locke's theory of property & property rights. Rule of common reason & equity. Discusses how Locke's 17th Century theory can be applied, or not applied, to the complex modern world.

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"John Locke's Theory of Natural Law

Natural law, as Locke saw it, was something above and beyond laws made by Man. “He is quite confident that civil laws do not necessarily oblige the individual conscience, but he maintains there is a law of God which forbids ‘disturbance or dissolution of governments’” (Laslett, 1999, p. 35). It is interesting to note that this sort of “natural” law’s premises were founded on the belief in the superior power of God, and that God, literally as well as figuratively, created governments that rule, and laws that regulated that rule. It may be obvious, then, that America’s Pledge of Allegiance, refers to “one nation under God”- which seems a direct descendant of the idea of natural laws as developed in the seventeenth century, a hundred years before the idea of an American democracy became fact."

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