Online Seminar Series: Is Natural Law Real? Part 3

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Sat, Jan 08 12:00 PM - 2:00 PM

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Online Seminar Series

Is Natural Law Real? – Part III

Saturday, January 8, 2022

The term natural law is a little hazy. Is natural law simply a more authoritative version of positive law? And if that is true, how might we understand how the founders of the American republic came to believe in the proposition that we are all endowed with certain inalienable rights which are self-evident truths? Conversely, do science and civil law show us that there are no natural laws, rather only values?

If natural law is real is it grounded in the metaphysical or in something else? How do we reconcile the problems of the is and ought, skepticism, positivism, notions of right and wrong, teleology, scientism, the connection between virtue and happiness, and human dignity.

We invite you to join us as we attempt to clarify what natural law means. We will read and discuss works by Sophocles, Heraclitus, Protagoras, Thrasymachus (in Plato), Aristotle, Cicero, St. Augustine, Aquinas, Hobbes, Locke, the American founders, C.S. Lewis, Martin Luther King Jr, as well as The U.N. Declaration of Human Rights, among other works.

January 8 Reading:

Selections Plato’s, Aquinas’ Summa Theologiae, Hobbes’ Leviathan, and Maritain’s The Rights of Man and the Natural Law


12:00-2:00PM PST


Carl Bobkoski


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