The Modern Scholar: First Principles & Natural Law: The Foundations of Political Philosophy, Part II

  • by Professor Hadley Arkes
  • Narrated by uncredited
  • 4 hrs and 30 mins
  • Lecture

Publisher's Summary

In Part II of First Principles and Natural Law, Professor Hadley Arkes delves further into the classic connection between morality and law. Indeed, this link between the basis of law and the principles that form the groundwork of moral judgment is very much at play in today’s world, as evidenced in everything from Supreme Court decisions to national policy. Drawing upon the works of such influential philosophers as Immanuel Kant, David Hume, and Thomas Reid, Professor Arkes examines such relevant topics as conscientious objection, the justifications for war and interventions abroad, privacy claims, and abortion.

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Awesome depth of Information on Moral Philosophy

If you could sum up The Modern Scholar: First Principles & Natural Law: The Foundations of Political Philosophy, Part II in three words, what would they be?

Engaging, Understandable, Scholarly


What was one of the most memorable moments of The Modern Scholar: First Principles & Natural Law: The Foundations of Political Philosophy, Part II?

The concept of functioning from the perspective of the spirit of truth for the common good and communicating on the level where one is understood rather than truth as something abstract. One must communicate what the other person can understand rather than to just devulge information. It is the principle that is the focus and not how one feels about something. One must reach a place of objectivity rather than functioning on a very personal and subjective level to be contributing to the good of society and actually to one's own good.


Which character – as performed by the narrator – was your favorite?

This was not a history or a story narrative but a philsophical explanation of moral law and the matter of the principles of natural law.


If you were to make a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

Coming to grips with the truth objectively.


Any additional comments?

This was the most interesting and logical approach to the matter of ethics and morals I have ever heard. I absolutely loved it. It helped me to really uderstand the matter of communicating on the level of what others understand rather than being idealistic. I listened to it several times.

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- Sacrament

Hadley Arkes is an excellent instructor!

Clear, concise explanations about the basic principles of political philosophy. Listen to the first part of this series first as it builds on previously learned material. Excellent buy. Very enlightening.
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- Roy

Book Details

  • Release Date: 09-19-2012
  • Publisher: Recorded Books