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Natural law had its birth with the Greek Stoic philosophers and, in particular, Aristotle (384–322 BCE). Natural law was later developed by Thomas Aquinas (1225–74). Aquinas believed that if we reflected on our human nature it was possible to discover our purpose and so be able to work out how to achieve it. He linked the idea of a cosmic law with Aristotle’s idea that everything has a purpose. For Aristotle, the supreme good that brings happiness is eudaimonia and he believed that this was the ultimate goal for humans, achieved through reason.
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