Friday, August 27, 2021

Natural Law and the Declaration of Independence

'To those who wrote and signed the Declaration of Independence, political liberty and natural law went together: Nature summons man, individually and collectively, to self-government and guides him in the exercise of his power of choice.'

James Stoner at Public Discourse.

"Seen as justification for recognition of the political independence of the new United States, natural law appears to ground the law of nations; in the absence of an imperial suzerain or an international league, nature itself must be the standard and world opinion its court"

See the Declaration of Independence in Gateway to the Great Books (10 Vol., 1963) volume 6, and in Great Books of the Western World (first edition, 52 Vol., 1952) volume 43, (second edition, 60 Vol., 1990) volume 40.

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