Philosophers have long posited the existence of a natural law. Natural law is a force which guides the behaviour of man and indeed of animals and nature as well. The existence of natural law means that in all times and places there are certain moral norms that people can agree on just by the fact that they are people. Some might call this ‘conscience’, or the ability to determine naturally what is virtue and what is vice.
This contrasts the modern sociological viewpoint which tends to attribute most human behaviour to nurture as opposed to nature. Most sociologists claim that people’s discernment of virtue or vice is based upon what they have been raised to believe, and on a macro level, on what society dictates.
What are your thoughts on this?