October 20, 2022| Member Event | Charleston, SC

Bioethics and Human Rights in the 21st Century

Event Overview

Join us on October 20 for a lecture and discussion at the intersection of natural rights and natural law. Where are these fundamental principles at odds with one another? How should we think through the ethics behind some of the more controversial medical treatments and procedures? Is a physician professionally obligated to provide what a patient requests, so long as the interventions are legal, feasible, and freely chosen? Or is a physician professionally obligated to seek a patient’s health, potentially refusing requests for interventions that contradict their objective good? Dr. Christopher Tollefsen’s thoughtful approach to these complex concerns will afford an evening full of engaging conversation. Dr. Tollefsen also teaches as faculty of the Carolina Fellowship.

Refreshments service will begin at 4:15 p.m. and resume after a time of Q&A. Our lecture will begin promptly at 5:00 p.m. ET.


Space is limited. Kindly RSVP to Joel Bowers, regional vice president for CSS–Southeast, at joel@commonsensesociety.org


South Carolina Society Hall
72 Meeting Street
Charleston, SC 29401

Featured Speaker

A photo of Dr. Christopher Tollefsen

Dr. Christopher Tollefsen

Dr. Christopher Tollefsen is a distinguished professor and chair of philosophy at the University of South Carolina. He is a leading scholar of natural law and natural rights, who has expertise on the classical, medieval, and modern traditions of thought. He has made important contributions to philosophical scholarship in the areas of bioethics, the ethics of inquiry, and the role of intention in shaping the meaning of human action. He is currently working on projects related to human rights as a follow up to his recent work with the U.S. State Department’s Commission on Unalienable Rights. 

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