Corvino approaches such questions with precision, sensitivity, and good humor. In the process, he makes a fresh case for moral engagement, forcefully rejecting the idea that morality is a "private matter".
This audiobook appears at a time when same-sex marriage is being hotly debated across the U.S. Many people object to such marriage on the grounds that same-sex relationships are immoral, or at least, that they do not deserve the same social recognition as heterosexual relationships. Unfortunately, the traditional rhetoric of gay-rights advocates - which emphasizes privacy and tolerance - fails to meet this objection. Legally speaking, when it comes to marriage, "tolerance" might be enough, Corvino concedes, but socially speaking, marriage requires more. Marriage is more than just a relationship between two individuals, recognized by the state. It is also a relationship between those individuals and a larger community.
The fight for same-sex marriage, ultimately, is a fight for full inclusion in the moral fabric. What is needed is a positive case for moral approval - which is what Corvino unabashedly offers here. Corvino blends a philosopher's precision with a light touch that is full of humanity and wit. This audiobook captures the voice of one of the most rational participants in a national debate noted for generating more heat than light.
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By Anonymous User on 21-06-18
Great book and great author
The author is respectful to the opposing side of the debate while still being rationally critical and comprehensive. I highly recommend the book for those who care about logic and morality.
By Becky Berry on 16-07-15
Not worth it.
Did not make through the first half. Was an assigned reading for University Writing and refused to write on the subject. I have no desire to read about anyone's personal bedroom preferences.
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