Ask Texas government professor J. Budziszewski for a definition of “natural law,” and he might give you seven. His answer depends on the context in which the question is asked.

Budziszewski offered all seven definitions and explained the links between natural law and our nation’s governance during a presentation this afternoon for the John Locke Foundation, Intercollegiate Studies Institute, and Thomas International Center.

In the video clip below, Budziszewski offers an answer to the question: Who should decide when a written law violates the natural law?

3:15 p.m. update: Click play below to watch the full 1:04:34 event.

You’ll find other John Locke Foundation video presentations here.