The Rights of Marriage: Covenant Love and Human Dignity

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Gabriel G. Choo

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It is strange to me that my thesis is somehow able to connect all the major philosophical questions I’ve been grappling with the past couple years. Personal Identity, Memory, Romantic Love and how it relates to Divine Love, Human Dignity, Rights, Plato, Kierkegaard, Dante, Pascal – Jesus. It’s been a pleasure to work on this thesis and I’m happy to be sharing it with you. Let’s begin.

In his book, Justice in Love Nicholas Wolterstorff delineates three fundamental orientations towards the good, three kinds of love. First, there is benevolent love which is “the orientation that consists of seeking to bring about some good [of the beloved].” Second, there is attraction love which he defines as, “the orientation towards the good that consists of acknowledging a good already there. Being drawn to something on account of its worth, relishing it, delighting in it, reveling in…

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