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Natural LawThe School of Natural Law Philosophy was an intellectual group ofphilosophers They developed new ways of thinking about religion andgovernment Natural law was based on moral principles but the overall outlookchanged 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 thattime He argued that humans in the state of nature are free and equal yetinsecure in their freedom When they enter society they surrender only suchrights as are necessary for their security and for the common good He alsobelieved that each individual retains fundamental prerogatives drawn fromnatural law relating to the integrity of the person and property This naturalrights theory was the basis of not only the American but also the Frenchrevolution 1 During his lifetime he wrote many essays and letters to hiscolleagues 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 Raisingthe 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 UnderstandingLockes greatest philosophical contribution is his Essay Concerning HumanUnderstanding In the winter of 1670 five or six friends were talking in his roomprobably in London The topic was the principles of morality and revealedreligion but arguments arose and no real progress or serious discussion tookplace Then he goes on to
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