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Marriage and Philosophy

Elizabeth Brake

in Minimizing Marriage

Published in print March 2012 | ISBN: 9780199774142
Published online May 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780199933228 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199774142.003.0001

Series: Studies in Feminist Philosophy

Marriage and Philosophy

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For the moral philosopher, marriage raises key issues of the possibilities of interpersonal moral obligations and their bounds - not to mention the question of a good human life. Secular moralists often assume that marriage morally transforms a relationship, yet contemporary philosophers have paid little attention to the question of how such a transformation could be effected. For the political philosopher, the question of how – or whether - society and the state should organize sex, love, and intimacy is urgent, but recent attention has focused mainly on a set of narrow questions surrounding marriage law. A greater variety of reconfigurations of marriage should be contemplated. This introduction explores these and other key themes of the book. It also surveys the history of marriage and the history of philosophical debates over marriage.

Keywords: marriage; history of marriage; philosophy of marriage; history of philosophy; criticism of marriage

Chapter.  9283 words. 

Subjects: Feminist Philosophy

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