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Minimizing MarriageMarriage, Morality, and the Law$
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Elizabeth Brake

Print publication date: 2012

Print ISBN-13: 9780199774142

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: May 2012

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199774142.001.0001

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Marriage and Philosophy

Marriage and Philosophy

(p.1) Introduction Marriage and Philosophy
Minimizing Marriage

Elizabeth Brake

Oxford University Press

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

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