Margaret Somerville

The Power of the Pope

2018-10-04T15:16:07+10:00September 11th, 2018|Categories: Paper|Tags: , |

In 1799, the papacy was at rock bottom: The Papal States had been swept away and Rome seized by the revolutionary French armies. The cardinals were scattered across Europe, and Catholics feared they would be unable to elect the next pope. Even if Catholicism survived, it seemed the papacy was finished. And yet, just over [...]

Absolute Power – God, Belief and The Pope

2018-09-07T09:45:23+10:00August 23rd, 2018|Categories: Function|Tags: , , |

Speaker(s): Paul Collins (Historian and author of Absolute Power – How The Pope became the Most Influential Man in The World) & Professor Margaret Somerville (Notre Dame University, Sydney) Date: 29th Aug 2018 Topic: Absolute Power – God, Belief and The Pope Venue: The Sydney Institute, Level 40, Governor Phillip Tower, 1 Farrer Place, Sydney Time: [...]

Birds on an Ethics Wire – Battles About Values in the Culture Wars

2017-04-20T16:10:54+10:00April 29th, 2016|Categories: Paper|Tags: , |

Dr Margaret Somerville is from the McGill Centre for Medicine, Ethics and Law in Quebec, Canada. Her most recent book, Bird on an Ethics Wire, has been described as - "An exploration of the urgent need to rebalance individuals' unfettered freedom to choose, especially regarding birth and death." Like our physical ecosystem, our metaphysical ecosystem [...]