1st Edition

The Morality of Gay Rights An Exploration in Political Philosophy

By Carlos Ball Copyright 2003
    288 Pages
    by Routledge

    288 Pages
    by Routledge

    In The Morality of Gay Rights, Ball presents a comprehensive exploration of the connection between gay rights and political philosophy. He discusses the writing of contemporary political and legal philosophers-including Rawls, Walzer, Nussbaum, Sandel, Rorty and Dworkin-to evaluate how their theoretical frameworks fit the specific gay rights controversies, such as same-sex marriage and parenting by lesbians and gay men, that are part of our nation's political and legal debates.

    Introduction; Chapter ONE Neutral Liberalism; Chapter TWO Pragmatic Liberalism; Chapter THREE Moral Liberalism; Chapter FOUR Communitarianism; Chapter FIVE Postmodernism;


    Carlos Ball is Professor of Law at the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign. His articles have appeared in the Chicago Tribune and Miami Herald.

    "Ball is very knowledgeable, and he writes beautifully. One of his main strengths is his marvelously clear, scrupulously accurate exposition of recent debates in political philosophy." -- Andrew Koppelman, Northwestern University
    "Forceful, clear, thorough and caring. The Morality of Gay Rights is a welcome reworking of liberal theory, no less than a valuable addition to the scholarhsip concerning the viability, hopes and vulnerabilities of same-sex families in liberal society." -- Robin L. West, Georgetown University
    "Draws upon the writings of contemporary philosophers to discuss their relevance for current legal & political debates about gay rights." -- J. Lindroth, Sociological Abstracts