2nd Annual Conference of the Canadian Aristotle Society | Dominican University College


Wednesday, May 13, 2020 - 09:00 to Friday, May 15, 2020 - 17:00
Dominican University College, 96 Empress Avenue, Ottawa (ON)


2nd Annual Conference of the Canadian Aristotle Society

Keynote Speaker: Dr. John Thorp

May 13-15, 2020 - Dominican University College

We are pleased to announce the call for papers for the 2nd annual conference of the Canadian Aristotle Society. The conference will be held at Dominican University College in Ottawa from May 13-15, 2020.  Papers should touch on Aristotle’s relationship with the Early Greek Philosophers. All abstracts are due by February 15, 2020. Papers may be presented in either English or French. 

For more information contact: mark.nyvlt@dominicanu.ca

The Society

The purpose of the bilingual Canadian Aristotle Society is to establish a Centre wherein the themes of Aristotle, along with the Aristotelian tradition, are kept alive by way of either conferences or eventually publications. The spirit of this Society will be speculative and classical in nature, though this does not exclude the analytical and continental traditions.

Dr. John Thorp's Abstract

Aristotle and the Variability of Natural Law

One of the most difficult chapters in Aristotle is Nicomachean Ethics V, 7, on Natural Justice, or, as we might rather say, Natural Law. The kernel of the difficulty is that Aristotle argues in favour of the existence of Natural Law, but understands it as changeable. The idea that Natural Law is changeable seems, of course, a straightforward contradiction in terms: it notably reduced the great Dominican commentators Gauthier & Jolif to astonished silence. This paper argues that the chapter is, after all, intelligible; it has generally been misread by commentators, and that misreading stems from a failure to bear in mind certain features of earlier Greek thought.



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