Online Seminar Series: Is Natural Law Real? Part V

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Sat, Jul 16 12:00 PM - 2:00 PM

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Online Seminar Series

Is Natural Law Real? – Part V

Saturday, July 16, 2021​

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, does 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 The U.N. Declaration of Human Rights, among other works.

Reading for July 16:

The next session of the Natural Law series will focus on two questions; What is the good life? and What is the fundamental function of the state? It would be helpful to review the first few chapters of Book 1 of the Ethics from the last session in answering these questions.

Ethics Book 1, Chapter 5; Book 10

Politics Book 1, Chapters 1-2; Book 3, Chapters 4-6; Book 7, Chapters 1-4, 6, and 13-15


12:00-2:00PM PDT


Carl Bobkoski


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