Life Liberty and the Pursuit of Happiness – A 13th Century take on Natural Rights from Hillsdale (Fr. Thomas Joseph White, OP)

Life Liberty and the Pursuit of Happiness – A 13th Century take on Natural Rights from Hillsdale (Fr. Thomas Joseph White, OP)

Even in a culture of liberty that provides space to pursue the project of happiness, the human heart is often subject to powerful unanswered desires for fulfillment. To understand these desires and their relation to our political life, we must undertake the study of human nature. How do we answer the charge that appeals to human nature are normative, judgmental, and oppressive? How does a thinker like Thomas Aquinas help us to understand our natural rights and the nature of true happiness?

Fr. Thomas Joseph White, O.P., is the Director of the Thomistic Institute at the Dominican House of Studies in Washington, D.C. Originally a native of southeastern Georgia, Fr. White studied at Brown University and Oxford University. He is co-editor of the academic journal Nova et Vetera and an ordinary member of the Pontifical Academy of St. Thomas Aquinas. He has written various books and articles including Wisdom in the Face of Modernity: A Thomistic Study in Natural Theology and Exodus.

This event is co-sponsored by the Thomistic Institute.

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