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Morality as taught in the IVY LEAGUE - FOR REAL

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Posted 10 August 2011 - 10:53 PM

Is endorsing same-sex marriage moral?

If you've been watching this series, from what we understand, this debate of same-sex marriage and yes, the taboo subject on Pcom (aboortzion) is one of the most viewed, discussed and contentious.

NOTE TO MODS: In the context of this post, the rule regarding the taboo subject is suspended. I would ask that folks going into the taboo area listen to the entire lecture and reference it in your post.

If principles of justice depend on the moral or intrinsic worth of the ends that rights serve, how should we deal with the fact that people hold different ideas and conceptions of what is good? Students address this question in a heated debate about same-sex marriage. Should same-sex marriage be legal? Can we settle the matter without discussing the moral permissibility of homosexuality or the purpose of marriage?


Professor Sandel raises two questions. Is it necessary to reason about the good life in order to decide what rights people have and what is just? If so, how is it possible to argue about the nature of the good life? Students explore these questions with a discussion about the relation of law and morality, as played out in public controversies over same-sex marriage and aboortion. Michael Sandel concludes his lecture series by making the point that, in many cases, the law cant be neutral on hard moral questions. Engaging rather than avoiding the moral convictions of our fellow citizens may be the best way of seeking a just society.

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