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Natural Law The School of Natural Law Philosophy was an intellectual group of philosophers They developed new ways of thinking about religion and government Natural law was based on moral principles but the overall outlook changed with the times John Locke was a great philosopher from the middle of the 17th century He was a primary contributor to the new ideas concerning natural law of that time He argued that humans in the state of nature are free and equal yet insecure in their freedom When they enter society they surrender only such rights as are necessary for their security and for the common good He also believed that each individual retains fundamental prerogatives drawn from natural law relating to the integrity of the person and property This natural rights theory was the basis of not only the American but also the French revolution 1 During his lifetime he wrote many essays and letters to his colleagues on a variety of topics2 Letter on Toleration 1689 Second Letter on Toleration 1690 Two Treatises of Government 1690 Essay Concerning Human Understanding 1690 Some Considerations of the Consequences of Lowering of Interest and Raising the Value of Money 1691 Third Letter on Toleration 1692 Some Thoughts Concerning Education 1693 Further Considerations Concerning Raising the Value of Money 1693 The Reasonableness of Christianity 1695 A Vindication of the Reasonableness of Christianity 1695 A Second Vindication of the Reasonableness of Christianity 1695 A Letter to the Bishop of Worcester 1697 Discourse on Miracles Fourth Letter for Toleration An Examination of Father Malebranches Opinion of Seeing All Things in God Remarks on Some of Mr Norriss Books Conduct of the Understanding Lockes greatest philosophical contribution is his
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