Kant on sex and marriage: what Kant should have said.

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2012-08-23

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Stacey, Matthew

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This thesis examines Kant’s claims about the morally problematic nature of sexual desire and activity, as well as the necessity of marriage in order to allow for permissible sexual relations. It shows that, based on Kant’s assumptions regarding the problematic nature of sex, his own solution, marriage, does not allow for permissible sex. My work then proceeds to explain the position Kant should have taken on this matter based on the Formula of Humanity as well as perfect duties to self and other. Finally, it suggests that sexual pleasure can involve a temporary suspension of humanity, and thus be morally problematic.

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Kant, Ethics, Sexuality, Marriage

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