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Natural Law and Natural Rights

Mautner, Thomas


This chapter, which analyzes the conception of natural laws and natural rights in Great Britain during the seventeenth century, suggests that the widely held belief that rights depend for their existence on being granted by law is not true, and that the opposite is arguably closer to the truth. It also explores the writings on politics and religion during this period that mentioned natural laws and rights.

CollectionsANU Research Publications
Date published: 2013
Type: Book chapter
Book Title: The Oxford Handbook of British Philosophy in the Seventeenth Century
DOI: /10.1093/oxfordhb/9780199549993.013.0021


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