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Beautiful Souls: Seminar 2

In Chapter 1 of Beautiful Souls (“Disobeying the Law”) we are faced with a key distinction between morality and legality. Paul Gruninger makes a decision to dismiss his obligation to the law and instead uphold or affirm his moral obligation to persons in crisis (drawing on empathy and compassion and a sense of justice, perhaps).
When Oct 09, 2013
from 7:30 PM to 8:30 PM
Where 321 HUB, University Park, PA 16802
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Contact Phone 814-863-5911
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In Chapter 1 of Beautiful Souls (“Disobeying the Law”) we are faced with a key distinction between morality and legality. Paul Gruninger makes a decision to dismiss his obligation to the law and instead uphold or affirm his moral obligation to persons in crisis (drawing on empathy and compassion and a sense of justice, perhaps). In Chapter 3 we see Avner Wishnitzer make a similar decision, choosing to reject “unjust” legal and institutional norms governing the treatment of Palestinians, and affirming principles of peace and equality. What, then, is the relationship between our moral and legal principles and obligations in a society, and how do these principles and obligations differ? How do we determine whether a law is just or unjust (and, in turn, determine our obligation to uphold or reject the law)? In this seminar we will discuss these questions and others, including broader discussions of the development of moral literacy and adjudicating between legal and moral obligations.

This event is by invitation from the Penn State Reads staff.