Marriage: A Basic and Exigent Good

The Monist, Vol. 91, pp. 388-406, 2008

Notre Dame Legal Studies Paper No. 09-13

19 Pages Posted: 22 Apr 2009  

John Finnis

University of Oxford - Faculty of Law; Notre Dame Law School

Date Written: 2008

Abstract

This paper, written for a special issue of The Monist 91 (2008) on marriage, offers a fundamental account of marriage as a basic human good and institution, with some reflections on the moral and social implications of the good’s exigencies (requirements), not least its heterosexual character.

Keywords: marriage, intrinsic good, basic human good, sexuality, divorce, natural law

Suggested Citation

Finnis, John, Marriage: A Basic and Exigent Good (2008). The Monist, Vol. 91, pp. 388-406, 2008; Notre Dame Legal Studies Paper No. 09-13. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=1392288

John M. Finnis (Contact Author)

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Notre Dame Law School ( email )

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