Sexual Ethics and the Person

JPI 570/838

This course will study the personal character and meaning of the body as a foundation for sexual ethics. Starting with the specificity of the moral point of view, the course will develop the main lines of an ethics of sexuality in which the human person as a created whole, corpore et anima unus, is “the subject of his own moral acts” (Veritatis splendor, 48). As John Paul II said, we find in the body “the anticipatory signs, the expression and the promise of the gift of self, in conformity with the wise plan of the Creator” (ibid.). Particular issues will include the ethics of conjugal relations, contraception, homosexuality, and the use of condoms to prevent HIV/AIDS. (Fundamental Moral Theology: Freedom and Human Action is highly recommended as a background.)

Course Texts for Spring 2017

  • Karol Wojtyła, Love and Responsibility, trans. G. Ignatik ISBN 0-8198-4558-2

  • John Paul II, Man and Woman He Created Them: A Theology of the Body, trans. Michael Waldstein ISBN 0-8198-7421-3

  • John Paul II, Familiaris Consortio ISBN 0-8198-6449-8 Pius XI, Casti Connubii ISBN-10: 097829856X

  • Paul VI, Humanae Vitae, trans. Marc Calegari (Ignatius Press, 2002) ISBN-10: 0898707285

  • Compendium of readings (available through University Readers)

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