Sunday, November 2, 2008

Laws and Morals

Robert P. George (born 1955) is McCormick Professor of Jurisprudence at Princeton University, where he lectures on constitutional interpretation, civil liberties and philosophy of law. He also serves as the director of the James Madison Program in American Ideals and Institutions. He was educated at Swarthmore College (BA), Harvard Law School (JD), Harvard Divinity School (MTS), and New College, Oxford (DPhil). At Oxford he studied under John Finnis and Joseph Raz. Formerly, he served on the U.S. Commission on Civil Rights and as a fellow at the U.S. Supreme Court. He currently serves on the U.S. President's Council on Bioethics. He is a member of the Council on Foreign Relations. He serves on the editorial boards of Touchstone and First Things magazines, as well as several academic journals. (The above information was taken from Wikipedia.)

Professor George spoke at BYU on October 28, 2008, which is being broadcast this week on the BYU station (Cox Cable channel 352). BYU hasn't posted the text of the speech yet, but we did find an article that Mr. George wrote entitled "Law and Moral Purpose." This article includes a lot of the same information in his speech at BYU. The article is lengthy but well worth reading.

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