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The Authority of Law in Recent Catholic Political Philosophy

Mar 2 2010 3:30pm
Swift Hall, 3rd Floor Lecture
1025 E 58th St.
Chicago, IL 60637
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Mark C. Murphy

Georgetown University

Cosponsored by the Center for Law, Philosophy and Human Values

This lecture considers several recent attempts by Catholic political philosophers working in the natural law tradition to give an account of law’s authority, and their success in answering some recent criticism. The difficulties in providing a successful natural law account of law’s authority gives us reason to rethink the sort of explanatory ambitions of new natural law theorists.

Mark C. Murphy holds the Fr. Joseph T. Durkin, S.J. Chair in Philosophy at Georgetown University. His research focuses on natural law theory in its historical manifestations and as a live option for jurisprudence and the theory of practical reasoning. He has written many books, including Natural Law and Practical RationalityAn Essay on Divine Authority, and Philosophy of Law: the Fundamentals.