Thank you, Neil, this is very helpful and interesting.
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From: "Neil McLeod" <[log in to unmask]>
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Subject: Re: [OLD-IRISH-L] recht n-aicnid
> The concept of 'natural law' was central to legal philosophy from at least
> the time of the ancient Greeks. The basic idea is that law is not
> arbitrary and merely man-made; but rather that there is a system of order
> inherent in the cosmos (just as there are inherent physical rules, like
> gravity). Good man-made laws should therefore reflect the natural moral
> order of the universe. So, societies in different parts of the world can
> be expected to have similar laws (e.g. prohibiting murder and incest)
> because these reflect 'natural order'.
> So it was that the ancient Irish Laws were capable of reflecting the
> requirements of the Christian faith, even before the Christian faith came
> to Ireland; because enlightened Irish lawyers were able to divine the
> natural order that was part of God's plan.
> There is an introductory article on natural law theory in the wikipedia
> I hope that helps.
> Hilaire Wood wrote:
>> Any idea what 'recht n-aicnid', the law of nature, actually was? Is it
>> human nature/mind? Or the law of the natural world, ('nature' in the
>> modern sense)? Or something else?