Prof. William Wagner is professor of law and director of the Program of Studies in Jurisprudence at the Columbus School of Law, The Catholic University of America, where he is also Faculty Editor of the Journal of Law, Philosophy and Culture. He has a J.D. from Yale University Law School, and a Ph.D. in Moral […]
That there is a relationship between morality and aesthetics is an idea which, at various times, writers and artists have been keen for one reason or another to assert. On the face of it there would seem to be a pleasing relationship between the two if we could say that the person most capable of […]
I think we shall all agree that in recent years we have been through a number of crises. There has been, first of all, the financial crisis when we discovered that the people we trusted with our money were not, after all, to be trusted, and that those who were going to make us and […]
Any discussion of ‘new aspects of sovereignty’ makes it appropriate to start speaking of what the ‘old aspects of sovereignty’ imply and of what sovereignty traditionally means. We are dealing with a word derived from Latin, superus, which means what is above or higher; and ‘sovereignty’ thus points to ‘the top authority’. Before the rise of […]
Parents and religious leaders who want to express an opinion in favour of what is often called the ‘traditional’ family – a man, a woman and their children – tend to support their position either on religious grounds, or on the basis of empirical evidence, and there is indeed a wealth of evidence to support […]
Introduction Barely a day has gone by over the past 4 or 5 years when the newspapers have not been reporting on court cases which concern the rights of those who have a religious belief to practice it in a way they deem appropriate. Websites buzz with chatter, and there is often a deafening buzz […]
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Food and Fluids: Human Law, Human Rights and Human Interests 4.1 Introduction Academic discussion about nutrition and hydration tends to concentrate on conceptual matters intrinsic to the ethics of removing food and fluids in individual cases. It is, for example, undoubtedly important to distinguish between vitalistic and utilitarian excesses in understanding the rights and wrongs […]