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Humanae Vitae, a Generation Later

Janet E. Smith

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Rather than end the debate over artificial means of contraception once and for all, the encyclical letter Humane Vitae only energized the debate when it appeared in 1968, and that debate continues to this day. Janet E. Smith presents a comprehensive review of this issue from a philosophical and theological perspective. Tracing the emergence of the debate from the mid-1960s and reviewing the documents from the Special Papl Commission established to advise Pope Paul VI, Smith also examines the Catholic Church's position on marriage, which provides context for its condemnation of contraception.

Janet E. Smith is assistant professor of philosophy at the University of Dallas. She has published articles in such journals as The Thomist, International Philosophical Quarterly, and The New Scholasticism


Product Details

Pages:xvi, 425 pages

Dimensions:6x9 inches


CIP Information: 90039456/ HQ766.3/ 241'.66


1. Birth control, Religious aspects, Catholic Church

2. Catholic Church, Pope (1963-1978 : Paul VI), Humanae vitae