Ch 31: Theories of Natural & Moral Law

About This Chapter

Watch informative video lessons to learn all about the different theories of natural and moral law. These lessons cover theories from Royce, Hobbes, Kant, Rousseau and more!

Theories of Natural & Moral Law - Chapter Summary and Learning Objectives

Theories covering natural and moral law deal with a branch of philosophical thought concerning the rules governing human rights and behavior. These lessons discuss the traits of natural and moral law and examine some of the great thinkers involved in these theoretical discussions. Every lesson ends with a quiz for self-assessment and you can contact a knowledgeable instructor if you have any questions. The lessons in this chapter help you learn about:

  • Who some of the great philosophers are
  • What the source and purpose of morality is
  • Comparisons of different theories
  • The difference between theocratic and secular thought

Video Objective
Understanding Theories of Natural Law Define natural law and understand the differences between natural law theories.
Thomas Hobbes' The Descriptive Natural Law Distinguish the prescriptive natural law of Augustine and Aquinas from the descriptive natural law of Thomas Hobbes.
Moral Law Theories of Epictetus, Kant & Locke Explore the key components of moral law theories of Epictetus, Kant, and Locke.
Moral Law Theories of the Stoics, Foot, Rousseau & Nozick Learn about the moral law theories of Stoics, Philippa Foot, Rousseau, and Nozick.
Moral Law Theories of Royce, King & Rawls Discuss the theories of Royce, King, and Rawls, and understand how they contribute to moral law.
Thomas Paine: Common Sense and The Crisis Understand the role of Thomas Paine in the American Revolution.

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