Cover of Billy Budd Video
Cover of Billy Budd Video

The Law, Liberty and Moral Responsibilty Film Series resumes  on Monday evening (3/16)  with the film Billy Budd.  In the last film, just prior to midterms, “The character of Thomas More in A Man for All Seasons says that one must not sacrifice one’s private conscience for one’s public duties. Captain Vere in Billy Budd argues, however, that we dare not put our private morality above our public responsibilities. According to Vere, the law serves an end different from that of morality. This tale of tragedy reveals the possibility of conflicting responsibilities. Could a morally legitimate legal code require that a morally innocent man be hanged? What is the difference between law and morality?”  Dr. Doug Rasmussen of the Philosophy Department will facilitate the post-film discussion.

The film series is co-sponsored by the Honors Program and the University Libraries and is open to all St. John’s Community members.  The film starts at 7:00 in the Honors Commons, at the back of the Academic Commons. All  St. John’s community members are welcome.

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