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June 29, 2013

NYT publishes nuanced review of George

In case you missed it, the New York Times ran a fairly positive review by Kay Hymowitz of Robby George's "Conscience and Its Enemies."  An excerpt regarding Robby's opposition to same-sex marriage:

To chalk this up to homophobia is to miss something crucial; George is relying on philosophical ideas that predate the modern concept of sexual identity and that lead him to reject all extramarital — and even some kinds of marital — sex. The more pertinent philosophical objection is that his reasoning about the nature of marriage, however well pedigreed, is so far removed from most people’s lived experience that it will be inconsistent with their intuitions about the human good. George might counter that contemporary liberal secularists have no coherent philosophy of marriage, reasoned or intuited. About that, he is almost certainly right.

Posted by Rob Vischer on June 29, 2013 at 08:24 AM in Vischer, Rob | Permalink

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The author: Kay S. Hymowitz is a fellow at the Manhattan Institute and the author, most recently, of “Manning Up: How the Rise of Women Has Turned Men Into Boys.”

This is fairly common -- a sympathetic voice reviews the book in question -- but it sort of leads me to take it with a grain of salt. As does:

"George’s book is more than anything a plea for liberty of conscience, or more specifically, for religious liberty."

Restricting same sex marriage is a plea for liberty of conscience? He appeals to a certain form of natural law and desires public policy to restrain liberty to promote it. As to reference to his "even temper," repeatedly on MOR and elsewhere it is not present. He repeatedly (without allowing comments) stridently takes his positions. I find this troubling whomever does it.

I welcome the review all the same. Keeps one informed.

Posted by: Joe | Jul 1, 2013 3:48:42 PM

What the Supreme Court has done by confirming that in order to be married, it is no longer necessary to exist in relationship as husband and wife, thus denying the inherent restrictive nature of marriage, is made it possible for every relationship to be defined as marriage.

Posted by: Nancy | Jul 2, 2013 8:00:35 PM

Our Holy Father, just before he "retired", stated that to deny the truth about the Dignity of the human person, is to deny God. Is it no wonder that our Holy Father had to "retire" because the wolves were at his door?

Posted by: Nancy | Jul 3, 2013 7:50:49 AM

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