Snell , R. J.
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R. J. Snell is an associate professor of philosophy and Director of the Philosophy Program at Eastern University.


Intelligible Goods, Marriage, and Intellectual Conversion

Unless we ask the "what" and "why" in ethical debate, we aren't doing ethics. Debating ethics requires intellectual conversion and thus a commitment to intelligible reality.

Date posted: 2013-06-08

Reason and Compassion in the Marriage Debate

In their book What Is Marriage? Man and Woman: A Defense, Sherif Girgis, Ryan T. Anderson, and Robert P. George draw our attention to the question that matters most in the marriage debate -- what marriage is -- and make a reasonable and compassionate argument for marriage as a one-man one-woman union.

Date posted: 2012-11-27

Sex Gone Wrong

In the latest issue of The Atlantic we learn that the world of online pornography reveals eternal truths about men and women. These aren't happy truths, and the needlessly prurient article makes them all the more miserable. ... Overcoming the normalized brutalization of women requires a faithful recovery of the traditional understanding of the marital act, for that understanding forbids those acts which alienate and use the body, consciously or not, and allows only those acts in which women and men give themselves to each other in integrated and comprehensive ways. One might even say that the tradition teaches how to make love rather than merely to attain a degraded and brutalizing pleasure.

Date posted: 2011-03-21

Marriage and the Law of Tradition

Custom and tradition, far from being necessarily irrational, are often the vehicles of guiding and binding reason.

Date posted: 2010-11-09