In Defense of Natural Law

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Clarendon Press, 1999 - Law - 343 pages
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In Making Men Moral, his 1995 book, George questioned the central doctrines of liberal jurisprudence and political theory. In his new work he extends his critique of liberalism, and also goes beyond it to show how contemporary natural law theory provides a superior way of thinking about basicproblems of justice and political morality. It is written with the same combination of stylistic elegance and analytical rigour that distinguished his critical work. Not content merely to defend natural law from its cultural despisers; he deftly turns the tables and deploys the idea to mount astunning attack on regnant liberal beliefs about such issues as abortion, sexuality, and the place of religion in public life. Students as well as scholars in law, political science, and philosophy will find George's arguments stimulating, challenging, and compelling.

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"What Sex Can Be"
This article tries to claim, defend that sex can be engaged only in marriage.
Claims:
There must be a unity of persons through {bodies,emotions,spirits}
If one of this part is violated, the act is considered as immoral.
Three basic arguments about sexual acts={pleasure, expression love or affection, traditional}
Sex as pleasure:
- body (own's or others') is used only as an instrument without regarding "person".
(page#138)If the pleasure is chosen as separate from a real human good, and it is chosen instead of pursuing a real good, the the choice is morally wrong.
Sex as symbol of signification of partnership or as an expression of love or affection.
A1: compare this claim to pedophils, etc...
A2: each type of relationship has own forms of "support" like {shaking hand, hugs, kiss, ...}
Sex in marriage:
- initiates or actualizes unity
procreating act CAN'T be performed by one person. So, only man and woman forms ONE organs (flesh) to perform this act.
(page#144) ...sexual intercourse actualizes the multi-leveled personal communion.
(page#137)
"Insofar as promiscuity maximizes the pleasures that can be derived from sex, it is good; and insofar as the prohibition against promiscuity is a limitation on the pleasures to be derived from sex, it is unwarranted-in a word, 'bad'"
On this basis, Lars Ericsson concludes that prostituion should be viewed as morally upright: "If two adults vonlutarily consent to an ecnomoic arrangement concering suxeual activity takes place in private, it seems plainly absurd to maintain that there is something intrinsically wrong with it"
 

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Robert George is a Professor in the Politics Department at Princeton University. He is the author and editor of many academic texts and journals and is a presidential appointee to the US Commission on Civil Rights.

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