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In Defense of Natural Law$
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Robert George

Print publication date: 1999

Print ISBN-13: 9780198267713

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: March 2012

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198267713.001.0001

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Marriage and the Liberal Imagination 1

(p.139) 8 Marriage and the Liberal Imagination1
In Defense of Natural Law


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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

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