Ethical Objectivism: Natural Law Ethics = Ethical Absolutism (Ethical…
Inherent moral laws
o When we have the answers to these questions we then use our reason to extrapolate the inherent moral laws of nature.
o First PP Definition: Natural law ethics contends that there are universal moral values which people can discover by using their rational, intellectual and emotional capabilities.
Why is it inherent?
o Theological Answer…..
Thomas Aquinas (1224-1274)
Greatest exponent of natural law
Humans should live according to their human nature.
(John Finnis (editor), Natural Law 1993)
What is Natural Law?
o Also called "law of nature."
o An objective norm (or set of objective norms) governing human behavior, similar to the positive laws of a human ruler, but binding on all people alike and usually understood as involving a superhuman legislator