Renaissance Idea of Natural Law

Encylopedia of Renaissance Philosophy (2018)
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Abstract

The introduction of laws of nature is often seen as one of the hallmarks of the Scientific Revolution of the seventeenth century. The new sciences are thought to have introduced the revolutionary idea that explanations of natural phenomena have to be grounded in exceptionless regularities of universal scope, i. e. laws of nature. The use of legal terminology to talk about natural regularities has a longer history, though. This article traces these earlier uses.

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Maarten Van Dyck
Ghent University

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