The Law of Love: From Autonomy to Communion

The Law of Love: From Autonomy to Communion

by Stephen F. Brett




With an interdisciplinary combination of philosophy, theology, and family law, The Law of Love explores the impact of secular conceptions of autonomy on sexuality and family. Drawing from the thought of Aristotle, Cicero, Augustine, Aquinas, and the modern theologian Servais Pinckaers, Stephen F. Brett argues that the divorce of freedom from virtue has caused cultural relativism, and that a potent and healthy mix of temperance, chastity, and modesty is the antidote. Styled accessibly and quite cleverly with a broader audience in mind, The Law of Love will appeal to intellectuals of all faiths who are interested in facing the ambiguities and problems of contemporary life in a secularized society.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781589662070
Publisher: University of Scranton Press
Publication date: 11/15/2010
Pages: 195
Product dimensions: 5.90(w) x 8.90(h) x 0.50(d)

About the Author

Stephen F. Brett, SSJ, a Josephite priest and lawyer, is adjunct professor of theology at St. Charles Borromeo Seminary in Philadelphia and serves as rector of the St. Joseph Manor Foundation in Baltimore.

Table of Contents


One: An Ideal and a Revolution
Two: Autonomy and Marriage, Strange Bedfellows
Three: Autonomy Becomes Privacy in the Courts
Four: The Recovery of Virtue: From Autonomy to Theonomy
Five: Transcendence and Transformation


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