DEDUCTIVE vs INDUCTIVE NATURAL LAW

The natural laws are written in our hearts; in peace

THE ROAD TO CONCORD

One of the most common objections to the notion of Natural Law I have encountered is the complaint that, if one cannot see the enforcement or consequences of Natural Law then it must not exist.  To put it another way: people see the consequences of breaking a human law, such as theft.  You get caught, you go to jail.  However, if I violate a supposed Natural Law governing the Social Contract, for example, I do not see any consequence.  Therefore, these people argue, since there is no observable consequence for violating the Natural Law governing the Social Contract, there must not be such a thing as the Social Contract.  On the surface, this may seem a rational objection, but it is deeply flawed, and here’s why.

Natural Law includes the laws of physics.  Jump off a cliff without any means of breaking your fall and you will see a…

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