This particular talk, with some very lively Q & A at the end, comes from the recent conference focused on the question "Must Morality Be Grounded Upon God," hosted by the Franciscan University of Steubenville (incidentally -- and this is entirely off topic -- incorporating the name of one of my long-time heroes, the Baron Von Steuben, drillmaster to the budding Continental Army during our American Revolution).
In this talk, I answer the question structuring the conference with some typically Anselmian, "let's make some distinctions. . . and then Yes. . . and No" -- but more Yes than No in Anselm's case.
I'm not entirely happy with the shape of the paper, some I'm loath to upload it into my usual channels like Academia.edu or GoogleDrive -- once I've reworked it, added all the references it need, and I'm satisfied with it, I'll definitely post a copy for public viewing.
There's a reason I rather tongue-in-cheek call this post "another Anselm lecture" -- I've given quite a few of them over the last five years. Here's a representative sampling:
- A Personalist Aspect of Saint Anselm's Metaphysics
- Non Modo Verbis Sed Et Verberibus: Saint Anselm on Punishment, Violence and Coercion
- What Kind of Moral Theory Does St. Anselm Hold?
- Freedom, Inclinations of the Will, and Virtue in Anselm’s Moral Theory
- A Perfectly Simple God and Our Complicated Lives: The 2008 Saint Anselm Lecture
- Justice as a Degree of Ontological Dignity: An Anselmian Problematic and Solution