For those traveling this weekend or otherwise disposed to listening, the Library of Law and Liberty makes available nearly all of its audio content. To give you an idea, below is an excerpt introducing a podcast featuring Russell Hittinger on Jacques Maritain’s Scholasticsm and Politics:
Maritain’s political philosophy is in the Aristotelian-Thomistic natural law tradition. Maritain, however, pushed further and held that Aristotelian ethics was inadequate for a sufficient defense of human flourishing. Maritain’s political philosophy limns the conditions necessary to make the individual more fully human in all respects. His integral humanism is twofold: The person’s private good is subordinate to the (temporal) common good of the community; however, as a person with a supernatural end, one’s ‘spiritual good’ is superior to society — and this is something that all political communities should recognize.
The most recent available audio is today’s interview with Richard Epstein, whose new book Design for Liberty: Private Property, Public Administration, and the Rule of Law is reviewed in the forthcoming May issue of First Things.