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Modern natural law: speaking to the sky or looking in ourselves?

Chapter


Abstract


  • It seems impossible to imagine, but law can be shaped by events that seem

    to have absolutely no connection with it whatsoever.Within 50 years of the death

    of StThomas Aquinas, Europe was in crisis and about to enter a period of massive

    depopulation and social upheaval caused by the Black Death, the terrifying plague

    which raged through Europe in the 14th and early 15th centuries. Millions of

    people died, especially in the towns, but also in the countryside. It seems a strange

    place to start a chapter on the modern concepts of natural law, but it is where

    we need to commence the story, because the Black Death set the scene for the

    establishment of LEGAL WORLD. For in its aftermath, the structure of the world

    changed, utterly. This awful event, or more properly events, which resulted in the

    loss of much of the population of Europe, provided the catalyst for the profound

    social, economic and cultural changes that ultimately led to the creation of the

    modern world. In telling this story, we find that changes in thinking do not

    happen overnight, but they gradually alter.

Publication Date


  • 2014

Edition


  • 2

Citation


  • Leiboff, M. (2014). Modern natural law: speaking to the sky or looking in ourselves?. In M. Leiboff & M. Thomas (Eds.), Legal Theories: Contexts and Practices (pp. 177-208). Australia: Thomson Reuters.

International Standard Book Number (isbn) 13


  • 9780455231051

Book Title


  • Legal Theories: Contexts and Practices

Start Page


  • 177

End Page


  • 208

Place Of Publication


  • Australia

Abstract


  • It seems impossible to imagine, but law can be shaped by events that seem

    to have absolutely no connection with it whatsoever.Within 50 years of the death

    of StThomas Aquinas, Europe was in crisis and about to enter a period of massive

    depopulation and social upheaval caused by the Black Death, the terrifying plague

    which raged through Europe in the 14th and early 15th centuries. Millions of

    people died, especially in the towns, but also in the countryside. It seems a strange

    place to start a chapter on the modern concepts of natural law, but it is where

    we need to commence the story, because the Black Death set the scene for the

    establishment of LEGAL WORLD. For in its aftermath, the structure of the world

    changed, utterly. This awful event, or more properly events, which resulted in the

    loss of much of the population of Europe, provided the catalyst for the profound

    social, economic and cultural changes that ultimately led to the creation of the

    modern world. In telling this story, we find that changes in thinking do not

    happen overnight, but they gradually alter.

Publication Date


  • 2014

Edition


  • 2

Citation


  • Leiboff, M. (2014). Modern natural law: speaking to the sky or looking in ourselves?. In M. Leiboff & M. Thomas (Eds.), Legal Theories: Contexts and Practices (pp. 177-208). Australia: Thomson Reuters.

International Standard Book Number (isbn) 13


  • 9780455231051

Book Title


  • Legal Theories: Contexts and Practices

Start Page


  • 177

End Page


  • 208

Place Of Publication


  • Australia