Scroll To Top
Yofiel menu

Natural Law, Rights, and the Social Contract

A suite of essays on natural law, natural rights, and the social contract, with special emphasis on the worldwide origins of the ideas, and their development in the West, particularly in the United States.

Category:
Natural Law, Rights, and the Social Contract
Created:
08/07/16
Modified:
08/15/16
Words:
10239

Considering the significance of "Life, Liberty, and the Pursuit of Happiness" to all Americans, the social contract from which they are derived is the most important yet least understood topic in the United States. This article explains why Jefferson chose the particular words that he did for the Declaration of Independence:

Natural Rights and Constitutional Law in the USA's Social Contract
More: The Social Contract in the United States
Category:
Natural Law, Rights, and the Social Contract
Created:
08/11/16
Modified:
08/11/16
Words:
15540

Tracing the three threads of development in ideas of natural law worldwide. In the West, it starts with the Stoic secularism of Cicero. Augustine's theocracy replaces it, spreading to the Middle East and back, via Averroes to Aquinas. Neoplatonism disappears, perhaps merging into the Christian church as divine awe for paternally guided afterlife. But no ideas of afterlife merge into the East or Far East. Instead Buddhist ideas spread Eastwards and transform, with their ultimate realization by Tsongkhapa; but in the Far East, later Han Lo eschews Buddhism, and Taoist ideas merge into Neoconfucianism.

Divergence of Divine and Natural Law

More: Divergence of Divine and Natural Law