Encyclopedia of Renaissance Philosophy

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Law, Renaissance Idea of Natural

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DOI: https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-319-02848-4_71-1


The introduction of laws of nature is often seen as one of the hallmarks of the scientific revolution of the seventeenth century. The new sciences are thought to have introduced the revolutionary idea that explanations of natural phenomena have to be grounded in exceptionless regularities of universal scope, i.e., laws of nature. The use of legal terminology to talk about natural regularities has a longer history, though. This article traces these earlier uses.


Legal Terminology Exceptionless Regularities Natural Regularity Universal Scope Divine Governance 
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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of Philosophy and Moral ScienceGhent UniversityGhentBelgium

Section editors and affiliations

  • Marco Sgarbi
    • 1
  • Peter Mack
    • 2
  1. 1.University Ca' Foscari VeniceVeniceItaly
  2. 2.The Warburg Institute, School of Advanced StudyUniversity of LondonLondonUK