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CAS Full Professor Lecture - Patrick Neal

Nov 20, 2013
4:00 pm to 5:30 pm
Waterman Bldg 338 (Memorial Lounge)

Patrick A. Neal, Professor, Department of Political Science

"Human Rights: Religious and/or Secular Foundations?"

When the Universal Declaration of Human Rights was drafted, the philosopher Jacques Maritain famously said "Yes, we agree about the rights, but on condition that no one asks us why." Asking "why" has been a staple of discussion in political theory ever since. This lecture will focus upon the work of two prominent contemporary thinkers, Michael Perry and Nicholas Wolterstorff, who argue that a successful grounding of the idea of human rights must be a religious one.

A recording of the lecture will be made available at the online media blog and eventually at the College of Arts and Sciences website.

Price: Free and open to the public
Sponsor: A&S Dean' s Ofc

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