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Human rights are a product of a philosophical debate that has been argued since the beginning of mankind Fueling this debate is the fact that many people have been unsatisfied with the notion that what is right or good is simply what a particular society or ruling elite feels is right or good at any given time Great philosophers from the past such as Aristotle Socrates and Thomas Aquinas focused extensively on their definition of human rights among other ideas and lead the way for more contemporary thinkers such as John Locke and Martin Luther King Jr Notions of natural right were introduced by European philosophers such as Aristotle but is was Aquinas who developed the idea more in-depth In his Summa Theologica he stated his belief that there were behaviors that were naturally right or wrong because God ordained it so Aquinass theory was that God decided what limits should be placed on the human political activity Centuries later Thomas Hobbes offered a different view on the divine basis of natural right by describing a State of Nature in which God did not seem to play any role Hobbes also referred to a natural right rather than simply natural right There was no longer just a
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