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John Finnis and Bernard Lonergan on Natural Law  

Finnis BookJoin the Center for Catholic Studies on Thursday, April 27th at 5 p.m. in Arts & Sciences 109, for a lecture by Frederick Lawrence, PhD, "John Finnis and Bernard Lonergan on Natural Law."

John Finnis's field is legal philosophy or jurisprudence, while the lion's share of Bernard Lonergan's scholarly life as a theologian was devoted to what he called 'foundational methodology.' His aim was to confront the challenges to theology presented by both modern science and modern historical consciousness.

As a Roman Catholic philosopher, Finnis has ever been open to the higher viewpoint provided by revealed belief, and his work tends to embody the metaphor of the two complementary wings of reason and faith. He presents one of the most perspicuous, concise, and coherent contemporary defenses of natural law morality.

Frederick Lawrence is professor in the Department of Theology at Boston College. Author of numerous scholarly publications in such journals as Theological Studies, the Gregorianum and the Indian journal, Davyadaan. He is the author of the recent "The Fragility of Consciousness" (University of Toronto Press, 2017).

Lawrence has exercised an enormous personal influence, not only on a whole generation of Catholic theologians and philosophers, but on a very wide circle of ecumenical, interreligious and scholarly contacts. The recent Festschrift in his honor, Grace and Friendship: Theological Essays in Honor of Fred Lawrence From His Grateful Students, (Marquette University Press, 2016) testifies to that influence.

About John Finnis
John Mitchell Finnis is an Australian legal scholar and philosopher specializing in the philosophy of law. He is professor of law at University College, Oxford and at the University of Notre Dame, teaching jurisprudence, political theory, and constitutional law. He is admitted to the English Bar as a member of Gray's Inn, and was appointed to an honorary Queen's Counsel in 2017. In May 2011, Oxford University Press published a five-volume collection of essays by John Finnis and a second edition of Natural Law and Natural Rights, a seminal contribution to the philosophy of law and a restatement of natural law doctrine.

About the Center for Catholic Studies
Founded at Seton Hall University in 1997, The Center for Catholic Studies is dedicated to fostering a dialogue between the Catholic intellectual tradition and all areas of study and contemporary culture, through scholarly research and publications and ongoing programs for faculty, students, and the general public. In 2001, the Center conducted the annual faculty summer seminar, "The Core of the Core," which originated the present University Core Curriculum. The Center also developed the undergraduate degree program in Catholic Studies with its major, minor and certificate, which in 2012 became the Department of Catholic Studies. The Center continues to support the Department with scholarship aid and its ongoing program of co-curricular activities.

Focusing on the central role of the faculty, the Center is the sponsor of regular Faculty Development programs, including lectures, seminars and retreats. The Center also administers two national faculty development programs: Collegium: A Colloquy on Faith and Intellectual Life, and The Lilly Fellows Program.

The Center maintains a global focus in international scholarship and is the home of the G.K. Chesterton Institute for Faith & Culture, as well as the Bernard J. Lonergan Institute. The Institutes offer opportunities for study and research, as well as ongoing programs related to faith and culture. In addition, the Micah Institute for Business and Economics concentrates on communicating Catholic Social Teaching and ethics to business education at Seton Hall and the wider business community. The Center also publishes the prestigious Chesterton Review, The Lonergan Review.

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