Dr. Brian Sheppard reflects on Education and Goodness: Examining the Role of Knowledge in Eternal and Legal Obligations in the second of four retreats for faculty and administrators of all faiths.
The Heart of the University Retreat Series gives faculty and administrators of all faiths the opportunity for input and guided reflection. The series is co-sponsored by the Office of Mission and Ministry, and the Center for Vocation and Servant Leadership.
The second retreat, given by Dr. Brian Sheppard on the theme of Education and Goodness: Examining the Role of Knowledge in Eternal and Legal Obligations, will be held on Wednesday, November 16, 2016, from 9:00 to 11:00 a.m. in the Chancellor's Suite, Student Center.
Goodness can be a matter of following norms. Some norms might be eternal, but others might be from the state. Jesus said, "Render to Caesar what is Caesar's, and to God what is God's." But if eternal obligations trump legal obligations, why have the latter? According to St. Thomas, we often lack a complete understanding of the eternal, leaving us with equally moral alternatives. Legal authorities may choose among these alternatives and morally bind us. Thus, what we know can alter what we must obey. We will explore how education might change the scope of law and good action.
Brian Sheppard, S.J.D., is a Professor of Law in Seton Hall's School of Law. His research concerns how norms change decision-making.
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