The Witherspoon Institute has been pleased to welcome high school, college, and graduate students, as well as young professionals, to its 2021 summer seminars.
The Moral Life & Classical Tradition high school seminar for men was held June 13-19 at Cairn University, and the seminar for high school women was held the following week, June 20-26, in Princeton. Students who applied and were accepted in 2020 as well as students from the 2021 cohort attended the seminar. Guided by Witherspoon’s professors, students read and discussed the works of Plato and Aristotle in the morning sessions and tackled contemporary moral questions in the afternoons.
The Natural Law & Public Affairs seminar (July 7-10) was led by Professors Christopher Tollefsen, Ryan T. Anderson, and Sherif Girgis and helped students apply the principles of the natural law to many moral and political questions. First Principles, Witherspoon’s flagship two-week long intensive seminar for college and graduate students (July 11-24), explores metaphysics, epistemology, and human action as the starting point for examining the purpose of education and the goods of human relationships.
The Thomistic Seminar for graduate students in philosophy and related fields will also be held in Princeton this year from August 1-7, and will explore the topic of justice, led by Candace Vogler (University of Chicago), Dhananjay Jagannathan (Columbia), Therese Cory (Notre Dame), Anselm Mueller (University of Chicago) and Matthias Haase (University of Chicago).