Epilogue: Marriage after Metaphysics

in Uncivil Unions

Published by University of Chicago Press

Published in print March 2012 | ISBN: 9780226136936
Published online March 2013 | e-ISBN: 9780226136950 | DOI:
Epilogue: Marriage after Metaphysics

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This chapter reviews the equally powerful idea that there is something ineluctably recalcitrant about family and marriage, something that outlasts the shifting affects it initially or intermittently rests on. The theory of marriage may have clung to metaphysical vestiges longer than other areas of philosophy. Søren Kierkegaard's belief that marriage may transcend human creaturely temporality was inspired in good part by protagonists of this study. Friedrich Nietzsche emphatically freed marriage from the kind of theological determinations Kierkegaard inherited from Franz von Baader. Otto Weininger's Sex and Charakter described sexual metaphysics. Alfred Schuler seized the very contradiction the metaphysics of marriage of “complete unification” were forced to confront in their various guises and iterations. For young protagonists of Jena Romanticism, marriage was authentic only insofar as it eschewed its institutional character in favor of complete identity with the feelings it expressed.

Keywords: marriage; family; Søren Kierkegaard; Friedrich Nietzsche; Otto Weininger; Sex and Charakter; sexual metaphysics; Alfred Schuler; Jena Romanticism

Chapter.  8809 words. 

Subjects: Modern History (1700 to 1945)

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