Sex and Marriage: Some Myths and Reasons

John Finnis

in Human Rights and Common Good

Published in print April 2011 | ISBN: 9780199580071
Published online September 2011 | e-ISBN: 9780191729393 | DOI:
Sex and Marriage: Some Myths and Reasons

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This chapter discusses those myths that, in varying ways, John T. Noonan, John Boswell, Andrew Koppelman, and others have advanced about the sex ethics of Aquinas and thus of the Western tradition. They are refuted by a close study of many texts of Aquinas. The rest of the chapter develops a new fundamental approach to the ethics of sexual acts, building on strands of thought deployed by Aquinas, and pivoting on the idea of conditional intention and the conditions under which the basic human good of marriage can be actualized, expressed, and experienced in marital acts and life.

Keywords: marriage; sex acts; marital acts; sex ethics; Aquinas; John T. Noonan; John Boswell; Andrew Koppelman; conditional intention

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Subjects: Jurisprudence and Philosophy of Law

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