UNDERSTANDING THE MEANING OF THE CONCEPT OF LAW
As I have discovered, even after just a brief study of the nature and function of law, it is not all that easy a topic to understand and I make now claim that all is clear to me. Check out:
http://plato.stanford.edu/entries/laws-of-nature/
http://www.iep.utm.edu/l/lawofnat.htm
From which I offer this short quote
Quote:
The term "natural law" is ambiguous. It refers to a type of moral theory, as well as to a type of legal theory, but the core claims of the two kinds of theory are logically independent. It does not refer to the laws of nature, the laws that science aims to describe.

According to natural law ethical theory, the moral standards that govern human behavior are, in some sense, objectively derived from the nature of human beings. According to natural law legal theory, the authority of at least some legal standards necessarily derives, at least in part, from considerations having to do with the moral merit of those standards.

There are a number of different kinds of natural law theories of law, differing from each other with respect to the role that morality plays in determining the authority of legal norms.


Some philosophers even argue that there is a differnce between the "laws of nature" and the "laws of science".
http://www.iep.utm.edu/l/lawofnat.htm#H1
I offer the following quote
Quote:
1. LAWS OF NATURE vs. LAWS OF SCIENCE

In 1959, at the annual meeting of the American Association for the Advancement of Sciences, Michael Scriven read a paper that implicitly distinguished between Laws of Nature and Laws of Science. Laws of Science (what he at that time called "physical laws") with few exceptions are inaccurate, are at best approximations of the truth, and are of limited range of application. The theme has since been picked up and advanced by Nancy Cartwright.

If scientific laws are inaccurate, then presumably there must be some other laws (statements, propositions, principles), doubtless more complex, which are accurate, which are not approximation to the truth but are literally true.


SOME EXPERTS EVEN SUGGEST THE LAWS OF NATURE ARE CHANGING WITH TIME. Check out:
http://physicsworld.com/cws/article/print/17200
Even certain fundamental constants are changing:
http://physicsworld.com/cws/article/print/17200/1/pwweb1_04-03
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The only point I am trying to make is that the laws of life, known or unknown, consciously, or unconsciously, kept or broken bring consequences--for good or ill. Some judgements are for good.


Edited by Revlgking (11/12/07 04:26 AM)