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Tuesday June 21 "An Introduction to Classical Natural Law"- J. Budziszewski
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By James Dudley, June 21, 2011 in Uncategorized

However unfashionable and politically incorrect it may be to confess to the obvious, there are certain foundational moral truths that a normal human being is unable not to know.  Rooted in the constituion of the human person, they are a universal possession, an emblem of rational mind, an heirloom of the family of man.  These basic moral principles, together with their proximate and remote implications, are the natural law.  Fpr twenty centuries, the concept of natural law formed the spine of the Western tradtion of ethics and jurisprudence, the foundation of its politics, and the basis for its respect for human liberty and dignity.  Over the years, however, the concept has suffered many vissitudes, including distortion by the rationalizers of injustice, thinning anf flattening by thinkers of the Enlightenment, and, more recently, complete rejection.  In our own time, the natural law tradition is experiencing a renaissance.  The purpose of this seminar is to reintroduce the classical theory of natural law, focusing on its seminal work, the challenging but highly rewarding Treatise on Law of Saint Thomas Aquinas.

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Lee Trepanier on Jun 22, 2011 at 6:55 am

A wonderful lecture to introduce people to classical natural law. I look forward to see the similiarities and differences between classical and modern theories of natural law in the next day or so.

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James Dudley
James Dudley

I finished my BA in History and Political Science at Villanova University in 2008.  I am a recent Navy veteran, and am currently on the staff of ISI.