Master Class on "Toward an Adequate Anthropology: Social Aspects of Imago Dei"

Apr 23, 2021
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Russell HittingerLumen Christi Institute

Open to current graduate students. This master class will take place online on Zoom. Copies of the readings will be provided. Others interested in participating should contact us.

This master class is a follow-up to the March 26 session on Three Necessary Societies. The first master class considered pontifical teachings about the three societies necessary for human eudaimonia:  domestic, political, and ecclesial.  Having discussed how that theme evolved in Catholic social teaching, the second master class moves to a deeper metaphysical and theological consideration of social orders.  The question is whether social unions are made unto the image and likeness of God.  The reading will be Prof. Hittinger’s essay “Toward an Adequate Anthropology: Social Aspects of Imago Dei.”


Russell Hittinger is Senior Fellow at the Lumen Christi Institute, Research Professor Ordinarius in the School of Philosophy and Senior Fellow Institute for Human
Ecology at the Catholic University of America, and Professor Emeritus of Catholic Studies and Law at the University of Tulsa. He is also Ordinarius of the Pontifical Academy of the Social Sciences and the Pontifical Academy of St. Thomas Aquinas. Hittinger is the author of many books, including A Critique of the New Natural Law Theory, The First Grace: Rediscovering Natural Law in a Post-Christian Age, Thomas Aquinas and the Rule of Law, and most recently Paper Wars: Catholic Social Doctrine and the Modern State (forthcoming).