Faculty Retreat, Education and Goodness:
Examining the Role of Knowledge in Eternal and Legal Obligations
Directed by Dr. Brian Sheppard
November 16, 2016
Goodness can be a matter of following norms. Some norms might be eternal, but others might
be from the state. Jesus said, "Render
to Caesar what is Caesar's, and to God what is God's." But if eternal obligations trump legal
obligations, why have the latter?
According to St. Thomas, we often lack a complete understanding of the
eternal, leaving us with equally moral alternatives. Legal authorities may choose among these
alternatives and morally bind us. Thus,
what we know can alter what we must obey.
We will explore how education might change the scope of law and good
Brian Sheppard, S.J.D., is a Professor of Law in Seton
Hall's School of Law. His research
concerns how norms change decision-making.
For more information, contact Linda Garofalo or
Francia Peterson at (973) 313-6042.
to firstname.lastname@example.org by November 11, 2016.
Sponsored by: The Office of Mission and Ministry, and the Center for Vocation and Servant Leadership.