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This important philosophical reflection on love and sexuality from a broadly Christian perspective is aimed at philosophers, theologians, and educated Christian readers. Alexander R. Pruss focuses on foundational questions on the nature of romantic love and on controversial questions in sexual ethics on the basis of the fundamental idea that romantic love pursues union of two persons as one body. One Body begins with an account, inspired by St. Thomas Aquinas, of the general nature of love as constituted by components of goodwill, appreciation, and unitiveness. Different forms of love, such as parental, collegial, filial, friendly, fraternal, or romantic, Pruss argues, differ primarily not in terms of goodwill or appreciation but in terms of the kind of union that is sought. Pruss examines romantic love as distinguished from other kinds of love by a focus on a particular kind of union, a deep union as one body achieved through the joint biological striving of the sort involved in reproduction. Taking the account of the union that romantic love seeks as a foundation, the book considers the nature of marriage and applies its account to controversial ethical questions, such as the connection between love, sex, and commitment and the moral issues involving contraception, same-sex activity, and reproductive technology. With philosophical rigor and sophistication, Pruss provides carefully argued answers to controversial questions in Christian sexual ethics.

Table of Contents

  1. Cover
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  1. Title Page, Copyright, Dedication
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  1. Contents
  2. p. vii
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  1. Acknowledgments
  2. p. ix
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  1. Chapter 1: Introduction
  2. pp. 1-7
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  1. Chapter 2: Love and Its Forms
  2. pp. 8-48
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  1. Chapter 3: Desire
  2. pp. 49-60
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  1. Chapter 4: The Meaningfulness of Sexuality
  2. pp. 61-88
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  1. Chapter 5: One Flesh, One Body
  2. pp. 89-157
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  1. Chapter 6: Union, Commitment, and Marriage
  2. pp. 158-262
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  1. Chapter 7: Contraception and Natural Family Planning
  2. pp. 263-327
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  1. Chapter 8: Sexual Pleasure and Noncoital Sexual Activity
  2. pp. 328-358
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  1. Chapter 9: Same-Sex Attraction
  2. pp. 359-378
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  1. Chapter 10: Reproduction and Technology
  2. pp. 379-418
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  1. Chapter 11: Celibacy
  2. pp. 419-421
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  1. Notes
  2. pp. 422-442
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  1. Bibliography
  2. pp. 443-451
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  1. Index
  2. pp. 452-465
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  1. About the Author
  2. p. 467
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Additional Information

ISBN
9780268158224
Related ISBN
9780268038977
MARC Record
OCLC
824353575
Pages
464
Launched on MUSE
2013-01-01
Language
English
Open Access
No
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