Marriage and the Liberal Imagination<sup>1</sup>


in In Defense of Natural Law

Published in print February 1999 | ISBN: 9780198267713
Published online March 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780191683343 | DOI:
Marriage and the Liberal Imagination1

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This chapter written with Gerard V. Bradley, responds to Stephen Macedo’s important critique of natural law on issues of marriage and liberal imagination. It explicates and defends two related propositions. Firstly, that marital sexual intercourse, whether or not procreation is desired or even possible, unites spouses in one-flesh personal union that is intrinsically, and not merely instrumentally, valuable. Secondly, that in choosing to engage in non-marital orgasmic acts, including sodomitical acts, persons necessarily reduce their bodies to the status of mere means or extrinsic instruments in ways that damage their personal and interpersonal integrity.

Keywords: Stephen Macedo; marital sexual intercourse; orgasmic acts; sodomitical acts; procreation

Chapter.  10764 words. 

Subjects: Jurisprudence and Philosophy of Law

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