Led by Joaquim Brooks
Readings: from Public Discourse
As a follow-up to our Advanced New Natural Law Seminar earlier in the summer, we will examine in greater detail into one of the points of contention between Classical and New Natural Law: the death penalty. Whereas the previous seminar explored the more theoretical underpinnings of the New Natural Law, this seminar will cast in high relief one particular practical consequence of the disagreement, that is, whether intentional killing is ever acceptable, or even advisable.
While the question itself is interesting, the two goals of the seminar are to study the fundamental reasons why the two schools of thought disagree, and help participants review their own presuppositions and commitments.
In the first meeting, we will examine arguments against the death penalty, and in the second, in favor.
Open to all Princeton students, and bring a friend who is curious why murder is wrong.