Article: “On the Nature and Purpose of Marriage”

An article I wrote on marriage was recently published in a small journal (and with only a few glaring mistakes! All of which were my fault, of course). It's an attempt to think both with the Christian tradition and for the public square. Here's a link to it: "On the Nature and Purpose of Marriage," Encounter 76.2 … Continue reading Article: “On the Nature and Purpose of Marriage”

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Why Indiana’s Recent Anti-Abortion Law Should Be Struck Down

UPDATE: A few days after I posted this a federal judge issued a preliminary injunction for the law after considering arguments against it by Planned Parenthood of Indiana and Kentucky. Some of the arguments are parallel to mine, although the explicit reference to privacy isn't there. Planned Parenthood also addressed parts of the law I didn't. See the … Continue reading Why Indiana’s Recent Anti-Abortion Law Should Be Struck Down

On the Legality of Prostitution

The legality of prostitution is of course a common ethical and policy quandary. The difficulty here lies not only in developing a moral perspective on the issue, but also in reasoning the appropriate legal status of the practice. Here are the arguments as they seem to me: 1.) The classically liberal argument I've heard for legalization is made along the lines … Continue reading On the Legality of Prostitution

More Thoughts on the Neutrality of Rawlsian Liberalism

One of the questions communitarians raise about Rawlsian liberalism has to do with the state's assumed position of neutrality toward questions of the good or the good life. This "neutrality of aim," as Rawls will call it, is what he refers to when he explains that political liberalism prioritizes the right over the good. This doesn't … Continue reading More Thoughts on the Neutrality of Rawlsian Liberalism

On Liberalism and Rights…Free Speech, for Example

Let me say at the start that I find much of Michael Sandel's critique of Rawlsian liberalism quite convincing. I don't think I agree with Sandel on everything, but this rather important structural critique is significant. While such a critique might sound like it supports a politically conservative perspective, I think it is also vital … Continue reading On Liberalism and Rights…Free Speech, for Example