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Philosophers’ Café: Does the Concept of “Nature” Help Us Make Sense of Sexuality and Gender Identity?
November 10, 2021 @ 7:00 pm – 8:30 pm
The concept of ‘nature’ as well as its cognate concepts—most notably, if not most notoriously, the natural law—have been used by philosophers and theologians alike to ground the conclusion that non-straight sexual identities, as well as transgender and gender nonbinary identities, are morally problematic. Contrary to this widely shared judgment, I believe that a concept of ‘nature’ and of the ‘natural law’ can actually provide substantial epistemic assistance in affirming new understandings of human sexual and gender diversity, both in theological and philosophical registers.
This discussion will be led by Dr. Craig Ford (Theology & Religious Studies, St. Norbert) and will be held at St. Brendan’s Inn (Waterford Room).