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This form of natural law theory is particularly associated with . Aquinas understood human nature to be defined by reason and freedom; it is our ability to reason and to make our own free choices, after all, that sets us apart from animals. Whereas material objects and animals without free will do by nature, deterministically, as God wills them to do, we who have free will may choose either to play our part in God’s plan or not. Reason can tell us what this part is; our purpose is discoverable. With freedom comes responsibility to do as we were made to do.

Instead of attributing creation to anthropomorphic gods, these philosophers broke tradition and formed the early basis for science and natural philosophy.
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Historians of science, with their predilection for mathematicalphysics, used to criticize Bacon's approach, stating that“the Baconian concept of science, as an inductive science, hasnothing to do with and even contradicts today's form ofscience” (Malherbe 1996, 75). In reaching this verdict, however,they overlooked the fact that a natural philosophy based on a theory ofmatter cannot be assessed on the grounds of a natural philosophy orscience based on mechanics as the fundamental discipline. One canaccount for this chronic mode of misunderstanding as a specimen of theparadigmatic fallacy (Gaukroger 2001, 134ff.; see Rees 1986).

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To the Catholic who would challenge the universal application of the natural law (as many liberals do), I would point out the above-cited testimony of St. Paul: “when the Gentiles, who have not the law, do by nature those things that are of the law; these having not the law are a law to themselves” (Romans 2:14). This is generally interpreted to mean that those who did not have the benefit of the revelation of the Old Testament (specifically the Mosaic Law) were still naturally endowed by their Creator with consciences capable of judging good and evil. The next verse goes on to say that these pagans show “the work of the law written in their hearts, their conscience bearing witness to them, and their thoughts between themselves accusing, or also defending one another.”

It is not uncommon to run across the term “natural law” in Catholic journals and newspapers
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In 1593 Bacon fell out favor with the queen on account of hisrefusal to comply with her request for funds from Parliament. Althoughhe did not vote against granting three subsidies to the government, hedemanded that these should be paid over a period six, rather thanthree, years. This led Sir Robert Cecil and Sir Walter Raleigh to argueagainst him in Parliament. Bacon's patron, the Earl of Essex, forwhom he had already served as a close political advisor and informer,was not able to mollify the queen's anger over the subsidies; andall Essex's attempts to secure a high post for Bacon(attorney-general or solicitor-general) came to nothing. Nevertheless,the queen valued Bacon's competence as a man of law. He wasinvolved in the treason trial of Roderigo Lopez and later on in theproceedings against the Earl of Essex. In his contribution to theGesta Grayorum (the traditional Christmas revels held inGray's Inn) of 1594–5, Bacon had emphasized the necessity ofscientific improvement and progress. Since he failed to secure forhimself a position in the government, he considered thepossibility of giving up politics and concentrating on naturalphilosophy. It is no wonder, then, that Bacon engaged in many scholarlyand literary pursuits in the 1590s. His letters of advice to the Earlof Rutland and to the Earl of Essex should be mentioned in thiscontext. The advice given to Essex is of particular importance becauseBacon recommended that he should behave in a careful and intelligentmanner in public, above all abstaining from aspiring to militarycommands. Bacon also worked in this phase of his career for thereform of English law. In 1597 his first book was published, theseminal version of his Essays, which contained only ten pieces(Klein 2004b). His financial situation was still insecure; but hisplan to marry the rich widow Lady Hatton failed because she wassuccessfully courted by Sir Edward Coke. In 1598 Bacon was unable tosell his reversion of the Star Chamber clerkship, so that he wasimprisoned for a short time on account of his debts. His parliamentaryactivities in 1597–98, mainly involving committee work, wereimpressive; but when the Earl of Essex in 1599 took command of theattempt to pacify the Irish rebels, Bacon's hopes sank. Essex didnot solve the Irish question, returned to court and fell from grace, asBacon had anticipated he would. He therefore lost a valuable patron andspokesman for his projects. Bacon tried to reconcile the queen andEssex; but when the earl rebelled against the crown in 1601, he coulddo nothing to help him. The queen ordered Bacon to participate in thetreason trial against Essex. In 1601 Bacon sat in Elizabeth'slast parliament, playing an extremely active role.

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Suffice it to say here that Bacon, who did not reject mathematics inscience, was influenced by the early mathematical version of chemistrydeveloped in the 16th century, so that the term‘instinct’ must be seen as a keyword for his theory ofnature. The natural philosopher is urged to inquire into the