Document Type

Journal Article

Department/Unit

Department of Religion and Philosophy

Language

English

Abstract

This second part of a two-part series exploring implications of the natural differences between the sexes for the cultural evolution of marriage considers how the institution of marriage might evolve, if Kant’s reasons for defending monogamy are extended and applied to a future culture. After summarizing the philosophical framework for making cross-cultural ethical assessments that was introduced in Part I and then explaining Kant’s portrayal of marriage as an antidote to the objectifying tendencies of sex, I summarize Kant’s reasons for rejecting polygamy and for viewing monogamy as the only ethically acceptable form of marriage. Finally, I argue that if we apply Kantian principles to the real situation of marriage in many modern cultures, and if we wish to maintain a legitimate place for marriage in the future evolution of human culture, then the future evolution of marriage laws must recognize polyfidelity (i.e., plural marriages for both men and women) as being just as legitimate as monogamy.

Keywords

Immanuel Kant; sexism, marriage law, egalitarian ethics, cross-cultural assessments, monogamy, polygamy, polyfidelity

Publication Date

2017

Source Publication Title

Ethics & Bioethics (in Central Europe)

Volume

7

Issue

3-4

Start Page

127

End Page

144

Publisher

De Gruyter Poland

Creative Commons License

Creative Commons Attribution-Noncommercial-No Derivative Works 3.0 License
This work is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-Noncommercial-No Derivative Works 3.0 License.

DOI

10.1515/ebce-2017-0018

Link to Publisher's Edition

https://doi.org/10.1515/ebce-2017-0018

ISBN (electronic)

24537829

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Philosophy Commons

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