Mar 172014

One of the world’s leading scholars, Professor Russell Hittinger, will discuss the legacy of Pope Benedict XVI from the standpoint of philosophy, law and theology Tuesday (March 18) at 6:30 p.m. at the Loyola College of Law.

For more details about the lecturer and the event, see the following information from the Loyola College of Law:

The Brendan Brown Natural Law Institute, established at Loyola College of Law through the generosity of the late Brendan Brown, a former faculty member of the College of Law, sponsors a major annual lecture, colloquia and other scholarly activities in keeping with Professor Brown’s love of natural law and scholarly discourse. 

Event: 2014 Brendan Brown Lecture at Loyola College of Law.

Where: Loyola Law School, 526 Pine St., Rm# 405.

When: Tuesday, March 18 @ 6:30 p.m.

Talk: “Natural Law and Public Discourse: The Legacies of Joseph Ratzinger.”

Speaker: Professor Russell Hittinger, eminent scholar on Thomistic natural law and one of two lay academics in the world to serve on two Pontifical academies.

Miscellaneous: The event is free and open to the public.  A reception will follow.

Brief Description:  
F. Russell Hittinger, M.A., Ph. D., ordinarius to two Pontifical academies and co-chair of the Catholic Social Thought Project at the Lumen Christi Institute at the University of Chicago, will deliver the 2014 Brendan Brown Natural Law Lecture at Loyola College of Law in rm. #405 on Tuesday, March 18, at 6:30 p.m.  The event is free and open to the public.

Professor Hittinger, the William K. Warren Professor of Catholic Studies and a Research Professor of Law at the University of Tulsa, will deliver a talk entitled “Natural Law and Public Discourse: The Legacies of Joseph Ratzinger.”  The talk will examine the natural law theory contributions of the to-be Pope Benedict XVI, including his sweeping “assessment of where the Church, the secular culture, and the religions of the world are situated in their discourse about the natural moral law.” 

Professor Hittinger, working “at the intersection of philosophy, law and theology” has both spoken and published widely on these related topics, receiving numerous distinctions for his work.

Since 2001, he is a member of the Pontificia Academia Sancti Thomae Aquinatis  (Pontifical Academy of St. Thomas Aquinas), to which he was elected a full member (ordinarius) in 2004, and appointed to the consilium or governing board (as consiligere) in 2006. 

In 2004 Professor Hittinger gave “Secularity and the Anthropological Problem,” as the Inaugural Claude Ryan Lecture in Catholic Social Thought, McGill University in Montreal. 

In December 2006, he addressed the President, Prime Minister, and Speakers of the Polish Parliament in the Royal Castle in Warsaw.  His keynote address culminated a week-long celebration of human rights and the Polish constitution. 

On Sept. 8, 2009, Pope Benedict XVI appointed Professor Hittinger as an ordinarius in the Pontifical Academy of Social Sciences.  He is one of two lay academics in the world to serve on two Pontifical academies.   In the spring of 2012 he organized the 50th anniversary observance of Pope John XXIII’s encyclical Pacem in terris for the Holy See in Rome.

On 25 May 2013, he was awarded a Doctor of Humane Letters (Honoris Causa) by The Dominican School of Philosophy and Theology, at the Graduate Theological Union, Berkeley, CA.  He gave the 81st annual commencement address:  “Theology Without Philosophy.”  He was also inducted into the College of Fellows of DSTP.

His most recent book is Thomas Aquinas and the Rule of Law [Tommaso D’Aquino e La Rule of Law].  The First Grace: Re-Discovering Natural Law in a Post-Christian Age was published in Jan. 2003.  His essays on papal social doctrine appeared last year in a two-volume work Law and Human Nature: Teachings of Modern Christianity (Columbia University Press, fall 2005).  His current book, Paper Wars: The Papacy and the Modern State will be published by Yale University Press next year.  He is under contract with Emory to finish a book entitled Aquinas’s Questions on Law: A Primer.

Professor Hittinger’s books and articles have appeared on the University of Notre Dame Press, Oxford University Press, Columbia University Press, Fordham University Press, the Review of Metaphysics, the Review of Politics, and several law journals (American and European). 

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