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


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.

Edit this page