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Interview: Lorraine Pangle on Aristotle & Natural Right

The New Thinkery

Release Date: 11/30/2022

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David has run away from the crew this week, so Alex and Greg replaced him with Tom Cleveland this time. The group are joined by Dr. Lorraine Pangle, Professor at UT Austin and Co-Director at the Thomas Jefferson Center. Together, they discuss Aristotle's views on natural rights and whether, as the West crumbles under its own weight, Aristotle's ideas are a sufficient groundwork to rebuild it.