The Meaning of Marriage: Family, State, Market, And Morals

Published Date: January 30, 2006 | Topics: Civil Rights and Liberties, Constitutional Issues, Philosophy, Politics and Current Affairs

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The movement for same-sex marriage has triggered an unprecedented crisis in the social norms and laws governing marriage. All great civilizations have sought to unite, in the institution of marriage, the goods of sexual intimacy, childbearing and childrearing, and life-long love between adults. But the last five decades have witnessed the erosion of marriage as a public institution in the developed world. The separation of the goods previously united in marriage has led thoughtful people to question why marriage should be denied to homosexuals.

This volume brings together the best of contemporary scholarship on marriage from a variety of disciplines —history, ethics, economics, law and public policy, philosophy, sociology, psychiatry, political science— to inform, and reform, public debate. Rigorous yet accessible, these studies aim to rethink and re-present the case for marriage as a positive institution and ideal that is in the public interest and serves the common good.

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The Autonomy of Law: Essays on Legal Positivism

Published Date: June 29, 1999 | Topics: Constitutional Issues, Philosophy

This collection of original essays from distinguished legal philosophers offers a challenging assessment of the nature and viability of legal positivism, an approach to legal theory that continues to dominate contemporary legal theoretical debates. To what extent is the law adequately described as autonomous? Should legal theorists maintain a conceptual separation of law and morality?

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Reason, Morality, and Law: The Philosophy of John Finnis

Published Date: May 19, 2013 | Co Authors: John Keown | Topics: Natural Law, Philosophy

This book gathers twenty seven eminent moral, legal, and political philosophers, lawyers, and theologians to engage critically with the work of John Finnis, a pioneer in the development of a new yet classically-grounded theory of natural law, and contains a substantial reply by Finnis. Finnis’ work offers a systematic philosophy of practical reasoning and moral […]

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