Conjugal Union: What Marriage Is and Why It Matters

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9781107059924: Conjugal Union: What Marriage Is and Why It Matters

This book defends the conjugal view of marriage. Patrick Lee and Robert P. George argue that marriage is a distinctive type of community: the union of a man and a woman who have committed to sharing their lives on every level of their beings (bodily, emotionally, and spiritually) in the kind of union that would be fulfilled by conceiving and rearing children together. The comprehensive nature of this union, and its intrinsic orientation to procreation as its natural fulfillment, distinguishes marriage from other types of community and provides the basis for the norms of marital exclusivity and permanence. Lee and George detail how the basic moral norms regarding sexual acts follow from the ethical requirement to respect the good of marriage and explain how the law should treat marriage, given its conjugal nature, examining both the same-sex-marriage issue and civil divorce.

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This book defends the conjugal view of marriage. Patrick Lee and Robert P. George argue that marriage is a distinctive type of community: the union of a man and a woman who have committed to sharing their lives on every level of their beings (bodily, emotionally, and spiritually) in the kind of union that would be fulfilled by conceiving and rearing children together.

About the Author:

Patrick Lee is the John N. and Jamie D. McAleer Professor of Bioethics and director of the Institute of Bioethics at the Franciscan University of Steubenville. Lee is the author of Abortion and Unborn Human Life (2010) and Body-Self Dualism in Contemporary Ethics and Politics with Robert P. George (Cambridge, 2007). He has served on the executive boards of the American Catholic Philosophical Association and the Fellowship of Catholic Scholars. His articles and review essays have appeared in the American Journal of Jurisprudence, Bioethics, Faith and Philosophy, The Monist, Philosophy, International Philosophical Quarterly, the Linacre Quarterly, the Review of Metaphysics, and American Catholic Philosophical Quarterly, as well as popular journals and online magazines such as Public Discourse, New Atlantis, National Review Online, and First Things.

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