Wednesday, July 17, 2013

Conservative Fusion meets tonight and the next selection announced

Tonight is the meeting of the Conservative Fusion Book Study Group. The book is The Perfectibility of Man by John Passmore. You can get if free online at this link. If you didn't finish the book, read the last two pages of each chapter and come on.

For more information about the group go to Conservative Fusion on Facebook.

The next selection is The Natural Law: A Study in Legal and Social History and Philosophy, by Heinrich Rommen. Below is a summary of the book:

Originally published in German in 1936, The Natural Law is the first work to clarify the differences between traditional natural law as represented in the writings of Cicero, Aquinas, and Hooker and the revolutionary doctrines of natural rights espoused by Hobbes, Locke, and Rousseau. Beginning with the legacies of Greek and Roman life and thought, Rommen traces the natural law tradition to its displacement by legal positivism and concludes with what the author calls “the reappearance” of natural law thought in more recent times. In seven chapters each Rommen explores “The History of the Idea of Natural Law” and “The Philosophy and Content of the Natural Law.” In his introduction, Russell Hittinger places Rommen’s work in the context of contemporary debate on the relevance of natural law to philosophical inquiry and constitutional interpretation.
This book is also available free online at this link. The next meeting will be August 21.

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