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SIXTH Course - SPRING 2009


Philosophy in the Public Square: Debating Current Issues


7:00 pm - 9:00 pm, at the Family Research Council Building, 801 G Street, NW, Washington, D.C.




1. 1/28: Law and Morality: What is the Legitimate Scope of Political Power Regarding Issues of “Personal Morality”?

Christopher Wolfe

2. 2/11: The Moral and Political Status of Human Life in its Earliest (Embryonic and Pre-Embryonic) Stages.

Joshua Hochschild

3. 2/25: Environmental Stewardship and Agriculture: Ethical Principles for Relating to Non-Human Life.

Joshua Hochschild

4. 3/11: The Death Penalty: Human Dignity and Capital Punishment.

Michael Pakaluk

5. 3/25: The Family in Public Policy: Families Ideal and Actual, and What Should Government Do?

Pat Fagan

6. 4/15: Immigratration.

Christopher Wolfe

7. 4/29: Homosexuality and Public Policy.

Christopher Wolfe


Classes will be held at the Family Research Council at 801 G St NW , and will be on alternate Wednesday evenings, from 7:00 to 9:00 pm . 

There will also be an informal dinner ahead of time at Fuddruckers, right around the corner at 734 7th St NW . 

The course costs $100 ($50 for students).  Scholarships are available for those who cannot afford this fee.  (We don't want anyone to forego attending simply for financial reasons.) 




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