Hittinger on ‘Natural Law and Public Discourse: Legacies of Joseph Ratzinger’

In this lecture, Russell Hittinger discusses the work of Joseph Ratzinger (link to Ratzinger Archives) as it relates to the contribution natural law can make to public discourse in matters of law and morals, in the light of the Enlightenment’s failure to ground morality in an objective order that would be universally binding on all rational creatures. Ratzinger blames this on an inversion of the traditional distinction between nature/reason and convention/will, in which the specifically human is now identified with the realm of convention and will rather than nature and reason.


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