Philosophy Research Seminar - Martin Sticker (Bristol) - Kant's case against Heterosexual Marriage

1 November 2018, 2.00 PM - 1 November 2018, 3.30 PM

Martin Sticker (Bristol)

Cotham House, G2

Abstract:

I argue that, despite what Kant says about the immorality of same-sex intercourse, his framework of marriage and gender is more open to same-sex marriage than to different-sex marriage. For Kant, marriage requires equality between the spouses. Given Kant’s notion of the inequality between men and women he, according to his own account, cannot approve of different-sex marriage. Same-sex couples, by contrast, are not immediately affected by the inequalities that obtain between the sexes. They more easily satisfy the crucial equality condition Kant puts on marriage.

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