, Volume 57, Issue 3, pp 521–532 | Cite as

The Tyranny of Taxonomy Sexuality and Anomaly

  • Patrick HutchingsEmail author


Human sexuality is not binary: this, although counter-intuitive initially, is a medical fact. Homo-sexuality was an anomaly under a M/F taxonomy, and so ‘unnatural’ and ‘an abomination’. It is a mere statistical anomaly: it is a fact of Nature, nevertheless. Doctrines of Natural Law must recognize that even if Nature is stable, the notion/word ‘Nature’ is a shifter. As medical and other sciences amend our understanding of Nature, the idea of ‘Nature’ shifts. Natural Law theory is – and must continue to be – based on Nature: the contents of the idea of ‘Nature’ change progressively. So must cultural attitudes.


H. H. Pope Francis H. Em. H. Pope Benedict XVI Mary Douglas Sexuality Sexual anomalies Nature vs nurture Natural law Shifters 

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.University of MelbourneParkvilleAustralia

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