After Marriage: Rethinking Marital Relationships by Elizabeth Brake

By Elizabeth Brake

This selection of essays by way of liberal and feminist philosophers addresses the query of even if marriage reform should cease with same-sex marriage. a few philosophers have lately argued that marriage is intolerant and will be abolished or extensively reformed to incorporate teams and non-romantic friendships. In reaction, Simon could argues that marriage legislation could be justified with out an intolerant entice a fantastic dating style, and Ralph Wedgwood argues that the liberal values which justify same-sex marriage don't justify additional extension. different authors argue for brand spanking new felony varieties for intimate relationships. Marriage abolitionist Clare Chambers argues that piecemeal directives instead of courting contracts should still change marriage, and Samantha Brennan and invoice Cameron argue for setting apart marriage and parenting, with parenting instead of marriage changing into, legally and socially, the basis of the relations. Elizabeth Brake argues for a non-hierarchical friendship version for marriage. Peter de Marneffe argues that polygamy will be decriminalized, yet that the liberal kingdom needn't realize it, whereas Laurie Shrage argues that polygamy might be legally established to guard privateness and equality. Dan Nolan argues for transitority marriage as a felony alternative, whereas Anca Gheaus argues that marital commitments are complex tools for securing the great of romantic and sexual love. Taken jointly, those essays problem modern understandings of marriage and the state's function in it.

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I believe that there is a true metaphysical explanation of this kind, but it will inevitably be intensely controversial what exactly this true explanation is. Secondly, a justification of marriage could be a political justification—that is, the sort of justification that is offered by people engaged in ordinary political debate, such as political campaigners and activists, legislators, and legal officials. This justification would not seek to give the ultimate explanation of why marriage promotes the common good; it would simply seek to persuade us that marriage does promote the common good.

The most effective way to protect single people would be to outlaw discrimination on the basis of marital status (as many American states—though not the US federal government—already do). Does marriage harm other non-marital relationships between individuals? It seems plausible that on balance, marriage need not be particularly harmful to what many would regard as the most important of all human relationships—the parent-child relationship. Perhaps marriage harms non-marital caring relationships between adults?

At all events, even if my speculations are along the right lines, it is clear that the most that is generally expected within our society is that most marriages will typically have these three features. Everyone knows that some marriages involve much less in the way of economic and domestic cooperation than others (some married couples live apart and do not have shared finances); everyone knows that in a great many marriages, the mutual commitment to sustaining the relationship disappears as the couple separates or gets divorced; it is presumably widely assumed that some marriages involve no sexual intimacy between the spouses at any time.

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