Monday, May 16, 2005

Aristotle, homosexual conduct, and the rule of reason

The last post was simply meant as a quick sketch of an Aristotelian critique of homosexual conduct. The key point was that opposition to homosexual conduct is rooted in reason, not religion. Interestingly, this point was debated explicitly in court in 1993.

The attempt was made to declare Colorado law unconstitutional on the grounds that opposition to homosexual conduct was rooted in theology and prejudice rather than reason. In the course of the trial, a prominent classicist named Martha Nussbaum was accused of lying in court about Plato in order to attack the rational case against homosexuality.

Lingua Franca carried a discussion of the trial.

John Rist of the University of Cambridge critiqued Nussbaum's effort to rewrite Aristotle's teacher, Plato.

John Finnis gives his own views of the trial.

The Martha Nussbaum scandal is covered in First Things.

As an addendum, see Touchstone magazine's look at the evidence that legitimization of homosexuality is leading toward legitimization of pederasty.


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