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natural law

a doctrine that holds that there is a natural moral order or law inherent in the structure of the universe.
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The RIGHT OF NATURE, which Writers commonly call Jus Naturale, is the Liberty each man hath, to use his own power, as he will himself, for the preservation of his own Nature; that is to say, of his own Life; and consequently, of doing any thing, which in his own Judgement, and Reason, hee shall conceive to be the aptest means thereunto.
Estos reformados, de forma bastante confusa y lenta--hablamos de un periodo de ciento cincuenta anos, desde la Reforma de Lutero a la aparicion de las obras de Pufendorf--, se inclinaron progresivamente por las doctrinas que se presentaban bajo la capa del nuevo jus naturale (29), por lo que las disputas sobre el orden social cobraron un color claramente confesional, con las correspondientes antipatias que iban mas alla del factor academico.
As interpreted by the Roman jurisconsult, and later by the medieval Schoolmen and Canonists - Thomas Aquinas especially - the legacy of the classical jus naturale endured with little challenge until the 17th century.