The Fate of Marital Autonomy in the Nineteenth Century

in Uncivil Unions

Published by University of Chicago Press

Published in print March 2012 | ISBN: 9780226136936
Published online March 2013 | e-ISBN: 9780226136950 | DOI:
The Fate of Marital Autonomy in the Nineteenth Century

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This chapter illustrates that Friedrich Nietzsche is ambivalent on how to read the relationship between the commotion of feelings and the larger structure this commotion underwrites. It concentrates on Arthur Schopenhauer and Søren Kierkegaard. Kierkegaard was engaged with questions of sexuality and marriage. The general outlines of Schopenhauer's theory of sexuality focused on unconscious drives and the genetic interests of the species. Schopenhauer insisted upon the importance of the significance of unobstructed object choice in marriage. For Friedrich Adolf Trendelenburg, what made marriage an ethical institution is simply its projection in time, the fact that two human beings commit to keeping their raging egos in check vis-à-vis one another in perpetuity. Hermann Lotze explained the true object of a sexual ethics. Finally, the chapter addresses how marriage fared among the metaphysical astronomers.

Keywords: sexuality; marriage; Friedrich Nietzsche; Arthur Schopenhauer; Søren Kierkegaard; Friedrich Adolf Trendelenburg; Hermann Lotze; sexual ethics

Chapter.  9786 words. 

Subjects: Modern History (1700 to 1945)

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