Herman Belz The role and significance of natural law in the twenty-first ical world. An approximation of the idea of self-enforcement is century are the same as they have always been: namely, to conexpressed in descriptions of natural law as "the law written on stitute a moral order favorable to the existence and flourishing the human heart," and as the reasoning faculty of "common of human beings in the world. Within the framework of laws of sense" by which human beings distinguish right from wrong. In nature that govern the physical environment, natural law is a hisfact, the need constantly to recur to the natural law in a more torically known and time-honored philosophical system that has explicit theoretical sense suggests the imperfectness of these regard for human beings in particular. Furnishing means of thinkmeans. Nevertheless they help to clarify the fact that, taken on ing and acting through the faculty of practical reason, natural its own terms as an objective moral order existing outside the law enables humans to thrive in ways consistent with the kind mind and will of human beings, natural law implicates, if it does of being they are. not depend upon, the personal
The Good Society – Penn State University Press
Published: May 8, 2003
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