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Lecture 3

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Philosophy
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PHL243H1
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Ronniede Sousa

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Aquinas and natural law: - The natural function of sex is procreation, so any other use of sex is a misuse and a sin - One could justify this by saying that other uses of sexual organs might impede the organ’s primary function - But this argument fails if it can be shown that other types of functions can enhance the primary function - Other uses of sexual organs should also be neutral and facilitate other ends - If Aquinas’ first premise is that no organ has more than one natural function, this is quite arbitrary - What does it mean for an organ to have a function? - It is easy to determine the function of artifacts because you can look to the intentions of the manufacturer - The function of something is what it’s meant to do - But if there was no intention behind its creation, this argument falls apart - For Aquinas, God i
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