2011 Aquinas Lecture
Thank you to all those who made the 2011 Aquinas Lecture events with Robert P. George
a huge success! Our thanks especially goes to Professor George, whose generosity in
coming to UD provided the opportunity to share in his knowledge and expertise as a
Catholic academic, scholar, and nationally renown political influence. Please click
here for a transcript of an interview done with Professor George.
The UD Philosophy Department is pleased to announce the 29th annual Aquinas Lecture.
This years Aquinas Medalist is Robert P. George. He is McCormick Professor of Jurisprudence
and Director of the James Madison Program in American Ideals and Institutions at Princeton
University. Professor George is also a Professor of Politics and an associated faculty
member of the Department of Philosophy at Princeton University.
Professor Georges specializations include constitutional law, philosophy of law, and
political philosophy. He has served on the Presidents Council on Bioethics and as
a presidential appointee to the United States Commission on Civil Rights. Professor
George has also served on UNESCOs World Commission on the Ethics of Scientific Knowledge
and Technology, of which he remains a corresponding member. As a Judicial Fellow at
the Supreme Court of the United States, Professor George received the Justice Tom
C. Clark Award. Publications include In Defense of Natural Law; Making Men Moral: Civil Liberties and Public Morality; and The Clash of Orthodoxies: Law, Religion, and Morality in Crisis.
For the Aquinas Lecture, Professor George will speak on Natural Law, God, and Human
Dignity. The lecture offers an account of the nature of practical reasoning and the
identification of norms of morality, considered as principles entailed by the integral
directiveness of the range of human goods to which the first principles of practical
reason (and most basic precepts of natural law) direct human action. It offers a proposal
regarding the basis of human dignity and explores the question of the relationship
of ethical to theological reflection.
Thursday, September 29, 2011
Reception to follow in Gorman Faculty Lounge
Professor George will also give a seminar, where he will discuss John Rawls and Jrgen Habermas views on public reason. Please
click on the word, "seminar," in the previous sentence for the text that will be used
in this discussion.
Friday, September 30, 2011
Gorman Faculty Lounge
These events are free and open to the public. For more information, please contact
the UD Philosophy Department by phone at 972-721-5161 or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org.