Phil 102B F10: Final Exam Study Guide

A key focus for this exam will be on the different authors' understanding of the the purpose and function of marriage and how this applies to the issue of same-sex marriage. In addition to being familiar with these concepts, you should also be able to:
  • Articulate the Vatican's definition of homosexuality.
  • Articulate the Vatican's general approach to sexual questions.
  • Articulate the Vatican's views on the morality of premarital sex, homosexuality, and masturbation.
  • Articulate Nussbaum's definition of homosexuality and sexual conduct.
  • Explain why Nussbaum thinks we have a right to learn about homosexuality in school.
  • Explain those situation in which Nussbaum thinks discrimination against homosexuals is and is not morally acceptable.
  • Explain Jordan's "Parity Thesis" and "Difference Thesis."
  • Explain the realms in which these two theses apply.
  • Articulate Jordan's arguments for these two theses.
    • Argument for the parity thesis
    • Argument from conflicting claims for the difference thesis.
    • Argument from exit rights for the difference thesis.
  • Explain why Rauch rejects Love as a candidate for the function of marriage.
  • Articulate Rauch's Hayekian argument against same-sex marriage and his reasons for rejecting it.
  • Articulate Rauch's three functions of marriage.